The mother of a two-year-old girl who died on Tuesday after being left in the back seat of a muggy car in her family’s driveway can be identified today by DailyMail.com as Beatriz Viera LeChard, a 38-year-old translator and mother – of two.
LeChard was photographed leaving her Somerset home, two days after her youngest daughter, whose name has not yet been released, died.
The toddler was found at 2pm in the back seat of the family’s gray Honda Civic of Megan Kingston, a neighbor who also works as a volunteer firefighter with the Middle Bush Fire Department.
Kingston pulled the girl from the vehicle and attempted to revive her while waiting for rescue workers. She could not be revived and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. How it happened that she fell into oblivion remains unclear.
Police believe the child may have been in the car for seven hours as temperatures soared to 80 degrees.
LeChard said nothing as she returned to the home earlier today, accompanied by another, unidentified woman. LeChard is from Puerto Rico and works as a translator for Bloomberg.
Beatriz Viera LeChard, a 38-year-old translator and mother of two, left her home on Thursday, two days after the death of her two-year-old daughter. The child was left in the back seat of a scorching hot car for seven hours. Neighbors found them and called 911
The mother left her house on Thursday morning accompanied by a friend
The distressed mother is comforted by a police officer outside her home in Somerset, New Jersey. The toddler had been in the vehicle for seven hours
The child is believed to have been trapped in his car seat for up to seven hours on Tuesday as temperatures soared
Viera LeChard is a native Puerto Rican and works as a translator for Bloomberg. She has not been charged, but the Somerset County Attorney’s Office is investigating her daughter’s death
Neighbors along the quiet, tree-lined street said they were devastated by the child’s death.
‘They are nice people. It’s such a tragedy,” one, who asked not to be named, told DailyMail.com.
,How can this happen? how do you forget I guess we’re all forgetful, I forgot things in the car.
“But how do you forget the toddler, you know? I don’t know,” said neighbor Alex Krstavski. They just screamed in pain and fear. She fell to the ground and he went to comfort her,” another neighbor told NBC New York.
“You are great parents. I have seen that they are very loving and doting on their daughters.”
Treana Huntley, who lived across the street from them, told The Franklin Reporter that the parents’ wailing was devastating.
“It was heartbreaking, I almost burst into tears. As a mother, it was very hurtful to hear that pain from another mother. I don’t wish that on anyone.”
She said the death affected the entire neighborhood. This whole block was very emotional,” she said.
Ownership records show the home was last sold in 2013 for $230,000.
The family’s Somerset, New Jersey home was quiet on Thursday
No one in the family was to be seen at their home as of Thursday afternoon
The scene in Somerset, New Jersey on Tuesday where a toddler died after being left in the car for seven hours
The gray Honda Civic in which the child died is parked in the driveway of the home
The car is removed from the house
The parents were informed of their daughter’s death by police who knocked on their door
The child is the 22nd to die in the US this year from being left in a hot car, four of which happened in one week in August, according to kidsandcars.com.
Treana Huntley, who lived across the street from the family, said the parents’ screams were devastating
Director Amber Rollins is working with families who have lost children in the tragic accidents to develop technology in all new vehicles that could prevent more deaths.
Kids and Car Safety, along with the parents, sent a letter to Pete Buttigieg, secretary of the Department of Transportation, urging him to move forward with the provision passed in the Infrastructure Act last year.
“Every parent has made mistakes, no matter what it looks like.
“Unfortunately, some of the mistakes lead to tragedy and none of us anticipate that,” Elizabeth Crapo, whose 20-month-old daughter Marah died after being left in a car, told the organization.
“And suddenly you’re part of this club that no one wants to belong to.”
“I failed in my job as a protector. I failed my kid,” said Mara’s father, Austin Crapo.
‘I promise you, nobody could make me feel worse.’
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11170283/Pictured-Mother-New-Jersey-toddler-died-hot-car.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Pictured: mother of New Jersey toddler who died in hot car