KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — A child has been found dead after being left inside a car in the parking lot of a Knoxville shopping center, according to a spokesperson for the Knoxville Police Department.

Officials were called to the Food City on Clinton Highway at Merchants Road Friday afternoon.

KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said it did not take very long for officers to respond after KPD received the call just after 3 p.m.

When they arrived on scene, officers found the child dead inside a vehicle, Erland said.