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Procter and Gamble research scientist leaves baby in hot car for 9 hours as she was late for work

By Mason White 12:56 PM August 28, 2017
Sofia Aveiro
Sofia Aveiro
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A man called his wife to ask where their baby was after he went to daycare and was told that she was not brought in that morning.

The mother, 35-year-old Karen Osorio-Martinez of Mason, Ohio, was horrified by the news and ran to her car, which had been in her office building parking lot for nine hours.

Sadly, she found her 14-month-old girl Sofia Aveiro dead. The child was still strapped in the rear-facing car seat.

The mother called 911 at 5:00 p.m., but she did not attempt to perform CPR as she repeatedly told the dispatcher “My baby just died, My baby just died.”

In the 911 call, Osorio-Martinez, the senior research scientist at Procter & Gamble, did not cry or panic. She seemed to be in shock over the death.

Her husband arrived at the scene while his wife was still speaking with the 911 dispatcher. He was heard crying and calling his daughter’s name.

Osorio-Martinez told police that she forgot to drop her baby off at daycare as she was running late for work.

Police seized the mother’s car and other evidence from the scene. Osorio-Martinez was not arrested, but she may face charges of child endangering.

The autopsy revealed that the girl’s death was heat related.

Osorio-Martinez has worked for P&G since 2010.

Osorio-Martinez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 2004, with a degree in biology. She has a PhD in development and genetics from Cornell University.

Tragically, Sofia’s is one of 34 children who died in hot cars this year alone, according to AAA.