Maryland medical examiner rules deaths of woman, 2 daughters in car accidental heatstroke

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HAGERSTOWN, Maryland — The Maryland medical examiner's office says a woman and her two young daughters found dead in a stifling car died from accidental heatstroke.

Spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said Tuesday that the formal cause of death was hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure.

Thirty-two-year-old Allison Pluck was found dead June 16 in her closed but unlocked car in a local middle-school parking lot in Hagerstown. Also found dead in the car were 18-month-old Shania Gill and 6-month-old Shameka Gill. Outdoor temperatures peaked near 90 degrees that day.

Police have said they don't know why Pluck went to the school and parked there for hours in the blazing heat.

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