A 15-month-old Connecticut boy is dead after being left in a hot car Monday, Ridgefield police said Tuesday.
The boy’s father drove him to the nearby Danbury Hospital after finding him alone in the car and becoming concerned for his welfare, reports NBC-Connecticut. Around 6 p.m. Monday, hospital staff reported to the Danbury Police Department that the boy had died.
Ridgefield Police Captain Jeff Kreitz said in a press release that it was unclear how long the boy had been left alone but that it was for “an extended period of time.”
"First and foremost our condolences goes out to the family," Kreitz said, adding that Danbury police notified his agency about the child’s death.
The parents of the child, who have not been identified, live in Ridgefield. The cause of death has not been officially determined and authorities have not released the child’s name. Kreitz could not say whether the family would face criminal charges.
Temperatures in the Ridgefield area neared 90 degrees on Monday, according to The Associated Press.
Connecticut’s Department of Children and Family has been notified of the incident and the agency has opened a case to investigate the matter. DCF officials said there had been no contact with the family prior to the incident.
In the past month, six Connecticut parents or caretakers have been charged with leaving children in unattended vehicles. On Tuesday, three cases were reported of children being left in hot cars.
Residents in Ridgefield cannot understand how the incidents keep happening.
“You would think people would have common sense, and something like that wouldn't happen whether it's a baby or an animal or pet you wouldn't leave it in a car, but unfortunately people just don't think," Ridgefield resident Ron Levinsky told WFSB News.
"It's very sad. I can't believe it, I just can't believe it,” anothe resident, Rachida Hassaine, said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says more than three dozen children die of hyperthermia every year. Connecticut police say that, since 1998, more than 500 children have died from being locked in a hot automobile.