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Police: Toddler spent 13 hours in car seat before dying at Uniontown Hospital


UNIONTOWN, Pa. - An investigation is underway after a 23-month-old girl died at Uniontown Hospital Wednesday morning.

Authorities said the child, identified Friday as Lydia Wright, was put in a car seat at 9 p.m. Tuesday and was not checked on until 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. At that time, her mother told police she went to give her daughter a drink and noticed something was wrong, so she rushed her to the hospital, where she later died.


State troopers executed a warrant Wednesday night at the family’s home on Collins Avenue. They said the home had no running water and conditions inside were deplorable.

State police told Channel 11 News Thursday that Lydia was left strapped in a car seat for more than 13 hours straight before anyone checked on her. 

Her mother told police she came home from running errands around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and found Lydia awake in the car seat. She said she went to give the girl a drink when the child had some sort of “event” and was rushed to the Uniontown Hospital. 

Neighbors and Channel 11 News sources identified Lydia’s mother as Andrea Dusha.

Investigators said the toddler’s father was home during the time the child was in the car seat but never checked on her.

Fayette County District Attorney Rich Bower told Channel 11 News that hospital police called investigators, but he said he couldn’t say what specifically concerned them. 

“We are waiting on the results of autopsy and toxicology reports,” Bower said.

The toxicology tests could take as long as three weeks to complete, according to the coroner. 

One neighbor told Channel 11 News that she often saw two children playing outside the home on Collins Avenue, but she didn’t even know a baby girl was living there.

Bower said the toddler’s two siblings are in protective custody.