15 Month Old Dies When Left Unattended In Vehicle

Occurred Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 15:47, 3700 Grassmere Drive, Injury to a Child 1208220083

A 15 month old boy died in a car seat after he was left unattended in a vehicle Wednesday afternoon on the 3700 block of Grassmere Drive.

A 26-year-old woman drove 7 children to a store Wednesday afternoon and returned to her home at the 3700 block of Grassmere Drive at 1:00pm. The 15 month old was in the company of 6 other children that range in age between 3 years old to 7 years old. Not all the children are children of the 26-year-old woman; but, the 15 month old boy is the child of the woman.

The 30-year-old father of the 15 month old child arrived at the home at 3:45pm and inquired about the 15 month old boy. The woman said she forgot the child in the car. The child was still in his car seat and not responsive.

The child was immediately rushed to the Children’s Hospital; but the child died.

Corpus Christi Police are carefully investigating this event to evaluate if criminal charges are appropriate.  Child Protective Services are evaluating the circumstances to determine the appropriate placement of the other children.

Corpus Christi Police urge parents and child caregivers to prevent hyperthermia in a few ways to avoid heat related injuries or death. Never leave a child alone in a vehicle and consistently leave all unattended vehicles locked. Create reminders and habits such as leave a purse, cell phone, or item you need at your next stop near the child. Finally, take action and call 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a vehicle.