A three-year-old girl discovered unresponsive in an overheated vehicle had just returned from a nearby spray park, says her mother.
Tsi-Tsi Chitekedza was playing outside the family's northeast Edmonton home Tuesday afternoon, said Grace Vela.
She doesn't know how the young girl got into the family vehicle parked in front of the home, she said.
Vela told CBC News she found her daughter inside, seemingly asleep, with her thumb in her mouth.
She began CPR, but the toddler was declared dead in hospital a little over an hour later.
"There are no words to describe this loss," Vela said Thursday.
Vela described her daughter as the quietest of her three children. She also has a five-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.
"Her name means 'mercy' and she was very full of grace," Vela said.
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