Autopsy released in death of east El Paso 2-year-old

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:11pm

The El Paso Office of the Medical Examiner released the autopsy result for Hailey Marie Harper, the two year old who was found unresponsive in East El Paso earlier this month.

Harper was discovered on Sunday, July 6th in the 13000 block of Enrique Gomez Lane, off Rich Beem Blvd., just before 1 p.m. The toddler's family called 911, but emergency and hospital employees were unable to revive the 2-year-old.

The autopsy lists Harper's cause of death as Environmental Heat Exposure and lists the manner of death as an Accident. The autopsy report's final opinion states that Harper was 'left unattended inside a vehicle for several hours before being found unresponsive.'

The autopsy otherwise indicates that Harper appeared to be a healthy child, however, analysis of her eyes revealed signs of dehydration.

In 2013, 5-month old Janay Aliah Ives was also allegedly left inside of a hot car by her mother, Wakesha Ives, a teacher at Riverside High School. In that case, the cause of death was also determined to be an accident by the El Paso County Medical Examiner, however, EPPD decided to charge Wakesha Ives with injury to a child criminal negligent homicide. Ives will go to trial in November.

El Paso Police have yet to comment on whether Harper's parents or her caretakers will be facing any charges in connection with the toddler's death.


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