SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport Police have identified Sariah Delafosse, 3, as the child who was left inside a parked car for up to 19 hours before she was found dead.
Sariah's body was found on July 5 inside a car that was left parked in the driveway outside her home in the 3000 block of Desoto Street. According to the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office, Sariah died as a result of a heat stroke.
Police were called to the Delafosse home after receiving a "frantic" 9-1-1 call from Sariah's mother, who said that the child was dead. The mother, Krystal Delafosse, was detained and taken to Shreveport Police headquarters to be interviewed.
Police say a preliminary investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit suggests that Krystal Delafosse reportedly returned home during the evening of July 4, leaving her car and forgetting that her daughter was still inside.
Delafosse allegedly told authorities that she discovered her child still inside the car the next day when she prepared to leave her home at about 4:30 p.m.
Charges have not been filed, and an investigation into Sariah's death continues.