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Child Dies After Being Left in Hot Car in Ridgefield, CT

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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (WGGB/AP) — Ridgefield Police say a toddler has died after being left in a hot car.

The 15-month-old boy was left unattended in the car Monday night. Police say he was in the car for an “extended period of time,” but were not specific.

The Ridgefield Police Department was notified about the tragic death at about 6:00 p.m. Monday after someone called to report that the infant was inside a parked vehicle. In an updated statement released, Captain Jeff Kreitz said the father drove the 15-month-old to Danbury Hospital after discovering him in his vehicle. The Chief Medical Examiner has not yet determined the infant’s cause of death.

Police did not say if charges are being considered and they are continuing to investigate.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” says Police Captain Jeff Kreitz.

Connecticut State Police are reminding drivers of the dangers of leaving children of any age unattended inside closed or locked vehicles, especially when temperatures are expected to reach high 90s, like they are this week.

This year to date, 15 children have died across the country from being unattended in a locked or closed vehicle. In 2013 there were 44 children nationwide who died due to automobile heat-related incidents. Since 1998, more than 500 children have died from hyperthermia after being in a hot car.

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  • Jon Frost

    Murder plain as day!!! Life in prison with no parole.

  • Deb Czupkiewicz Langford

    after everything that has been in the news recently…..MURDER!!!!!

  • paco

    Cause of death excessive heat not hard to figure out monkey see monkey do

  • Melissa Seery

    Electric chair hands down, these judges need to do their damm jobs & put these scum bags away & keep them away, leaving your child in the car is not an accident…..

  • syscrusherr

    Absolutly no excuse for this..whoever left that baby in the car should suffer the same fate post haste…no time or need for a trial…imho

    • Sam

      Even the scum of the earth are entitled to a trial. Don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment.

      • Nivia Mendez

        What do you mean?

        • Sam

          Trials are important. They give people a platform to defend themselves, to explain their actions. Everyone deserves that much, no matter how bad the supposed crime.

          If the weight of their crime is too much for words, then judge and jury will decide their fate. Fate is something to important to be handled with emotions.

  • Cypress

    Typo- Hypothermia is the opposite of hyperthermia which is present inheat exhaustion and heat stroke. BUT SERIOUSLY WTF IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!!!

  • Martha

    Hyperthermia. Not hypothermia.

  • mary

    So sad

  • valerie

    How do you forget a child in your car. I just don’t get it.

  • Kelly

    It is beyond understanding how any parent could forget where their baby is. I do not care how busy, distracted, or any other reason, your baby is your life.

  • Lisa Jekot

    you need a license for everything else in this world …..people should be Forced to get a license to have children better to fail a test than fail your child

  • loka

    They should suffer the same way let’s lock them in a hot car an let them die