A single mother and her four children were stranded in a condo for six days because of high temperatures in a northwest suburban lake park, authorities said Wednesday.
The grandmother, 61-year-old Patricia T. Johnson, and her daughters, 13-year old Kaitlyn, 7-year boy and 6-year girl, were found unresponsive on Sunday in the parking lot of the Lakeland Lakeside Apartments at 38th Avenue and Lakeview Drive, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Their bodies were discovered in the car’s rear window.
The coroner said they died from hypothermia.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said they are now being treated for heat exhaustion.
Johnson was the daughter of two men who owned the condo.
She worked as a cashier at a McDonald’s restaurant.
She was listed as a registered nurse and also was an employee of the health department, the Cook Tribune reported.
A medical examiner ruled that the deaths were an accident and not homicide.
The children, ages 10, 7 and 5, were taken to a local hospital, and a cause of death was not immediately released.