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Charges Filed In Laramie Child Death

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The mother of the child that died last week in Laramie after being left in a vehicle for 10 hours is facing child endangerment charges in Albany County Circuit Court.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office said Kristie Dixon, 38, of Laramie, had driven into Laramie for work on July 27. Dixon typically dropped the four- month-old baby off at a Laramie daycare center before work, but on that day Dixon forgot to drop the baby off and instead went straight to work. The child was left inside the vehicle from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. while Dixon was working. Dixon found the baby inside the car when she was leaving for the day.

Law enforcement was called and Albany County Sheriff’s deputies, Laramie Police and the Laramie fire Department responded to the scene. They removed the baby from the vehicle and began life saving measures. The child was later pronounced dead.

The Albany County Sheriff’s department conducted an investigation and found no evidence of foul play.

An autopsy conducted on the child at Mckee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado determined the cause of death to be extreme dehydration and heat stroke.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the community of the dangers involved in leaving children in unattended vehicles, during the summer months and in the cold of winter. They are urging parents to have a system in their daily routines to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

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