She had probably been dead for hours before they discovered five and a half year old Lillian Isabel Guerra in the back of her father's car in the parking lot of the day care at Christus Victor Lutheran Church. The pastor, Tammy Sharp says the 22 caregivers at the facility have been struggling to keep it together..
"A minute at a time. They're doing really well.. They're being really professional and doing their jobs.".
So far according to a website maintained by San Francisco State University thirty four children had died this year alone after being left in hot cars... Four of them have been here in Texas... Over half of all deaths where when caregivers have forgotten the children in the vehicle... League city Police say at this stage of their investigation they believe little Isabella's father simply forgot about her.. They say he dropped off her older siblings at school.. went home.. got in to his work vehicle. .and left her... after work he went home.. swapped cars.. and drove to the day care.. that's when they discovered his horrible mistake. They say he was out of his normal routine that day.
Diana Martinez with Texas children's Hospital has some advice for other parents in this situation.
"If ever there is a change in routine. Let's say mom is usually the one to drop off the child at day care and for some reason dad has to drop off the child. So it's a change of routine for dad. Dad's not used to doing that. So it's really important to set a reminder for dad because it's different for him that day."
As a reminder leave something you wouldn't normally leave the car without, say a purse, a wallet or a cell phone on the back seat next to the child. Cars can heat up quickly and ferociously in the summertime..
Police are still investigating what happened, no charges yet or maybe ever. We'll have to wait and see where the investigation goes. ..
"I am a parent and from a parent's perspective and an emergency personnel's perspective and from a member of the community perspective it's just a tragedy for everybody." Said officer Reagan Pena with the League City Police.
Child Protective Services is also going to investigate.