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Investigation continues into heat stroke death of Shreveport toddler

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

A make-shift memorial has been erected in the wake of a Shreveport toddler's death over the July 4th holiday.

Still, many more questions than answers remain, after 3-year-old Sariah Delafosse's body was found inside her mother's car nearly an entire day after the child was left inside.

Now the investigation into how it could have happened is only just beginning, and neighbors want to know why no one went looking for that little girl.

"We're out here everyday, all day long, we could have tried to save her or something," says neighbor LaDarrell Young.

Young and his family helped put together the memorial for Sariah, a young life cut much too short.

"I can't imagine what she went through and the average parent wouldn't allow their child to not be accounted for," he says.

Shreveport Police say Sariah's mother, Krystal Delafosse, arrived home between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on the night of Thursday, July 4th.

Authorities say Sariah was in the car at that time - and that's where she stayed - until her lifeless body was discovered about 4:30 p.m. the next afternoon when her mother went outside to go to work.

"We're working very closely will Dr. Thoma and folks at the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office as this moves forward so everything that could potentially be of any evidenciary value is being collected," syas Sgt. Bill Goodin says.

In the meantime, neighbors like Young question how so many hours could have gone by without anyone looking for little Sariah.

"You have to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom or something, to check on your child or something. You're not just going to forget about a baby."

Shreveport Police say it's still too early in the investigation to determine if there will be any charges filed against Krystal Delafosse, who also has two other children.

With an outside temperature of 90-plus degrees, a car quickly becomes an oven, reaching temperatures of over 120 degrees within just 20 minutes.

According to the organization Kids and Cars, 32 children died in the U.S. last year, after being trapped in hot, parked cars.

The Weather Channel offers some tips now to prevent this type of tragedy:

-- Always lock your car and secure the keys, so kids can't get to them and trap themselves in a vehicle.

-- Warn your kids about playing in the car without adult supervision.

-- Always get your kids out of the car first, before unloading groceries or packages.

-- If your child is normally dropped off at daycare, have the caregiver call you if your child doesn't show up.

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