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. Four of the children belonged to the woman, including the 15-month-old child.
The 30-year-old father of the child arrived at the home at 3:45pm and inquired about his son. After searching for the child, they found him in their vehicle, still in his car seat and not responsive.
The child was immediately rushed to the Children’s Hospital; but the child died.
The child’s mother Concepcion Rodriguez (01/05/86) was arrested and charged with Injury to a Child, a 2nd Degree Felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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.