A toddler died Monday in Tierrasanta after the child was discovered inside a car, San Diego police said.
The mother called police at 12:42 p.m. to report she had awakened from a nap and could not locate her 21-month-old child.
The mother then called police back and said she had located the child inside a car.
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Officers arrived to the location on Leary Street where the toddler was pronounced dead just after 1 p.m.
Police did not say if the mother left the child in the car, or provide any other details as to how the child got inside the car.
Th child's father identified her as Scarlett Grace Harris.
San Diego Police Department Child Abuse Unit investigators took over the investigation Tuesday.
Leary Street is located south of Tierrasanta Boulevard and west of Santo Road. The neighborhood is filled with housing used by U.S. personnel from local military bases.
"This is tough," one neighbor said. "It hits home. It could happen to any of us. I'm a mother, we go through a lot being military spouses, you know, with our significant others, just in life in general and this is just so unfortunate."
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