911 caller: Durham girl found in van was cold, vomiting
Posted August 30
Durham, N.C. — A Durham family is grieving after they found their 3-year-old daughter unconscious Monday evening inside the family's hot minivan.
Officers responded to a home in the 1100 block of Hearthside Street just after 7 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, they discovered Leslie Ramirez, who was pronounced dead shortly after.
Neighbors said they heard the child's father, Rene Ramirez, screaming and then watched as he pulled his daughter out of the front seat of the van. He attempted CPR but was unsuccessful.
"Eyes and mouth - CPR and mouth-to-mouth. Her fingers were cold and she was vomiting," said Ida Guillen, who lives nearby.
Multiple 911 calls reflect the panic as neighbors tried to help.
"I just saw them screaming and trying to break the window to the car. I think she's dead. We don't know what to do. She is turning purple. Her dad is holding her," a caller said. "everyone is on her and they are trying to get her to breathe."
Guillen, who is also a mother, said she does not understand how this could happen.
Leslie Ramirez was one of five children living at the home. It was not immediately clear who last saw Leslie, or who last drove the minivan.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the child's cause of death. No charges have been filed.
Anybody with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.