A 5-year-old boy died in Virginia after being left in a sizzling SUV for a number of hours, police mentioned.
The boy, who was not instantly recognized, was discovered unresponsive in a Springfield driveway Tuesday a number of hours after he arrived residence with a dad or mum and different siblings, WJLA reported.
Responding cops carried out CPR on the boy earlier than he was taken to a hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless, Lt. John Lieb mentioned at a press convention.
“Officers responded right here for what was reported as a tragic accident, and at this level, I don’t have any motive to doubt that,” Lieb advised reporters.
The 5-year-old’s siblings acquired out of the SUV after they returned residence, however the boy “remained behind” whereas strapped to a toddler security seat, Lieb mentioned.
“The circumstances that led as much as that little one remaining within the little one security seat are nonetheless below investigation,” Lieb added. “Our coronary heart breaks for this household. This can be a tragedy.”
Precisely how lengthy the kid was left contained in the automobile was unclear, however investigators imagine it was “as much as a few hours,” Lieb mentioned.
“Detectives will stay open-minded and have a look at each angle of this case and decide the total information and circumstances,” Lieb advised reporters.
Warmth probably performed an element within the boy’s dying, Lieb mentioned, however an post-mortem will decide his reason for dying. Temperatures in Springfield reached 93 levels Tuesday, whereas the warmth index within the metro DC space soared previous 100, NBC Washington reported.
Particulars of the continuing investigation are being shared with prosecutors, Fairfax County police Sgt. Tara Gerhard advised The Submit early Wednesday.
With Submit wires