An infant left in a hot car died in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday after the family returned from a grocery shopping trip. Two parents and four siblings were unloading groceries when they left the 11-month-old baby behind in the SUV by accident. They didn't realize that the youngest member of the family was missing until an hour later.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that an autopsy was being performed Thursday morning to determine the official cause of death.
"The child was in the car at least an hour," Lauderhill Police Lt. Gregory Solowsky says.
Police arrived at the apartment complex around 6:31 p.m. Wednesday, where the child was left inside a Ford Explorer. When they showed up, they found the parents "frantically doing CPR when we got there," Solowsky says. "Lauderhill Fire Rescue took over CPR but didn't get any signs of life."
The infant that was left in the hot car was taken to Plantation General Hospital. The child was pronounced dead after arriving at the medical facility.
Outdoor temperatures were recorded at around 89 degrees at 4:53 p.m., and at 87 degrees at 5:53 p.m.
The parents haven't been charged in the child's hot car death, but the investigation has been turned over to the Broward State Attorney's office for review, Solowsky confirmed. He said that it appears the infant dying in the hot SUV was a "tragic accident" on the family's part.
"We are thinking this is going to be a tragic accident, because of the lack of intent, that the family was extremely emotional and remorseful and that there was no intent to leave the child in the car."The Broward Sheriff's child protective investigation contracts with the Florida Department of Children & Families. They began working with Lauderdale police Wednesday evening and don't think the four other children will be removed from the parents' custody. The eldest child is 14.
WSVN 7 News reports that the parents are being extremely cooperative with authorities.
Solowsky says in the report that the whole family is very upset.
There are a lot of tragic accidents involving children being left inside hot cars during the summer months. The Inquisitr has written on several already for 2015. One of the latest has to do with a dad who "forgot" about leaving his young daughter in his truck while on a drinking binge on Father's Day. The 2-year-old girl had been left inside the vehicle for 16 hours.
[Photo Credit: WSVN 7 News screenshot]