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911 caller: Durham girl found in van was cold, vomiting

Posted August 30

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— 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.


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  • Gia Momoa Aug 31, 9:18 a.m.
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    She looks so sad in her pictures.

  • Marie Brandsdorfer Aug 30, 10:55 p.m.
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    This is a parents worse nightmare, loosing a child is the hardest thing anyone can face. Possibly being responsible for causing your child's death is something no one should have to endure.

    I have 4 children and I just could not fathom how so many people can accidentally leave the kid in the car. I was raised your child goes with you or you just don't go.
    I pray for everyone involved I know they will punish themselves for ever.
    It's just so sad.

  • Susan West Aug 30, 9:51 p.m.
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    So.....a Hispanic last name means someone is illegal? Wow, you are pathetic. And also the reason why so many LEGAL immigrants feels judged and persecuted because of their accent and skin color. Please tell me you have not had children yet.