A Georgia infant died Saturday after family members left him in an SUV for more than two hours. An investigation is currently underway, reports WRCB.
Upon arriving at their Chickamauga, Georgia, home around 3 p.m. from a church service, 11-month-old Jaxon Taylor's grandparents, aunt and cousin allegedly forgot to bring the baby into the house with them.
Jaxon's mother, 23-year-old Mandie Hendershot, left the boy in his grandparents' care while she slept before her night shift at a nearby medical center. When she woke up, she found her son in the hot car. She tried to revive him with CPR and cold water, but he was already gone.
Emergency services transported him to the hospital where Hendershot works, and he was pronounced dead.
It was 90 degrees that afternoon. Sheriff Steve Wilson said that the temperature in the car could have reached 170 degrees within 15 minutes.
Wilson added that, while criminal charges have not yet been ruled out, investigators believe Jaxon's death was accidental.
"We believe, at this point, that each adult may have thought the other adult had responsibility to get that child out," Wilson said. "When they got inside, they just did not confirm or communicate that to each other."
The officer, who has a 2-year-old granddaughter, got emotional over the boy's death.
"It hit me so hard just thinking about the child, the family, what they're going through, and what they'll be going through for weeks and years to come," he said.
Hendershot and her fiance are devastated and struggling to cope with their loss, reports the Daily Mail.
"My fiance and I had to leave a restaurant in tears last night when the table next to us had a little girl celebrating her first birthday," the grieving mother wrote on Facebook. "My son's first birthday was a few weeks away."
She said that her fiance's family traveled from out of town to "support and comfort us, to force us to eat, drink and move when we would lay in bed and cry," Hendershot said.
She added that Jaxon will "forever be in the deepest crevices of my heart."