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Payton Lyn Mckinnon died at the age of 18 months old when she was left in a hot car for about 4 hours. She was described as happy, loving, and adorable. Payton’s father picked her up from daycare for a doctor’s appointment. When the appointment took longer than he expected he put Payton in his car and drove to work. He would get back to work at around 11am and get off around 3pm. When he got back to his car he discovered he had forgotten his little girl in the back seat strapped in her car seat. Payton was pulled out of the car and rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Payton we are here to say you will never be forgotten here and we will share your story and maybe we can save a child from suffering the same painful end you had to endure.


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 Body temperature around 41°C (measured in the rectum).

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 You produce less urine, which is of a dark yellowish colour (which indicates a shortage of fluid).

 You become less alert, with a tendency to faint, and experience confusion, impairment or loss of consciousness and convulsions.

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Posted: Mar 08, 2010 1:59 PM MST
Updated: March 8, 2010 10:11 PM

Payton McKinnonFORT MYERS: A young girl was found dead in a vehicle in a Fort Myers parking lot Monday afternoon. Police say her father accidentally left her in the car.

Investigators say 18-month-old Payton McKinnon was left in the vehicle all day while her father, 37-year-old Reginald McKinnon was working at Century Link (formerly known as Embarq) at 1520 Lee Street in downtown Fort Myers.

Police say McKinnon had picked up his daughter from daycare at 8 a.m. for a doctor's appointment.

The appointment ran longer than expected and he returned to work at 11:09 a.m., accidentally leaving his daughter in the car.

McKinnon then left work shortly after 3 p.m. and returned to his car and discovered the tragedy.

The call came into police at 3:20 p.m.

Police say the child was immediately pulled from the vehicle and taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

She was in her car seat when she was found.

Investigators have contacted the State Attorney's Office and the Department of Children and Families.

Sergeant Sean Hoover of the Fort Myers Police Department said they believe the father simply forgot to take the child out of the car, but they are still interviewing him.

"What happened today was a tragedy. Me, as a parent, I never want go through this. I couldn't imagine as a parent going through something like this. Mistakes happen. Accidents happen and I couldn't imagine," said Hoover.

Neighbors we spoke to agree that it was an accident.

"That man was devoted to his children. He would not do anything to hurt those girls," said neighbor Susan Wright.

She went on to say that she will be there to support McKinnon.

"I'm there for him. If he needs me, I'm there for him. He's a good man," she said. "He's a religious man and he just stayed with his children. When he was at my home, he had to know where they are."

Police say they are still figuring out if McKinnon will be charged. They are waiting for the Medical Examiner's Office to issue a cause of death.

The family released this statement Tuesday night:

Words cannot express the loss and heartache that we are feeling right now. Payton Lyn was a happy, loving and adorable little girl. We are grateful for the support we are receiving from our family and friends along with the messages of condolences. We thank members of the media for respecting our privacy during this difficult time.

By Kevin Ozebek

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