UPDATE: Lafayette infant dies after being left in hot car for several hours
POSTED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 8:06am
LAFAYETTE PARISH, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE: The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has initiated an investigation into the death of an 11-month-old Lafayette child. The child’s father sought treatment at Women’s and Children’s Hospital at approximately 4:54 PM Monday June 25, 2012, however the child was pronounced dead at 4:55 PM.
It was learned that the father of the child forgot to deliver the baby to the day care center and proceeded straight to work where he remained for nearly 6 hours. A fter receiving a call inquiring about his son’s whereabouts the father realized the child had been inside the vehicle throughout the day.
Investigators have confirmed the exterior temperature reached 99 degrees on Monday: inside a closed vehicle temperatures would be considerably higher.
The Lafayette Parish Coroner is conducting additional forensic testing to determine the cause of death The results of the Sheriff’s Investigation will likely be turned over to the District Attorney’s office for review.
ORIGINAL STORY: An infant died yesterday after being left in a hot vehicle throughout the work day. Investigators are still trying to determine how this happened.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the 11 month old infant was pronounced dead at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Monday, June 25. The preliminary investigation reveals that the child had been left in the vehicle for several hours.
Details are limited at this time. We will continue to update this story here and on the NBC33 Facebook page.
So far, five other children have died nationwide as a result of being left in a hot vehicle. The condition is called vehicular hyperthermia. Click here for more information.