Mon. Oct 14th, 2019

2-YEAR-OLD’S DEATH HAS BEEN REPORTED AS THE FIRST HOT CAR DEATH IN NEW MEXICO FOR 2019

HOBBS (KSMX)- On September 17, at approximately 1:27 PM, officers with the Hobbs Police Department responded to a call in reference to an unresponsive child. The two-year-old child was pronounced deceased.

Investigators learned that the child was left in the care of 41-year-old, Tammie Brooks, of Hobbs, at approximately 6:30 am on the morning of September 17. Brooks was supposed to drop the child off at daycare; however, she drove to her place of employment instead. The child was left unattended in a car seat for several hours until Brooks realized the child was still in the car after running an errand. An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.

Tammy was charged with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death, a 1st-degree felony, and is currently incarcerated in the Hobbs City Jail pending arraignment on September 18.

According to a release by KidsandCars.org, this is the 42ndreported child hot car death nationwide in 2019,

This is the first hot car death in New Mexico in 2019. Since 1997, there have been 11 child hot car deaths in New Mexico.