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