Mounties in Burnaby, BC, have confirmed that an infant has died after being left in a hot car for several hours yesterday.
On Thursday, May 9, Mounties responded to the report of an unconscious 16-month-old who was left in a vehicle at Kingsway Avenue and Inman Street. The infant was transported to hospital and declared deceased.
Police say that initial information indicates that the child was left unaccompanied in the car for a number of hours.
The toddler’s father was found near the scene and both parents are cooperating in the investigation.
We understand that there are going to be many questions around this incident, however we would ask that the public understand we are still in the early stages of our investigation, says Chief Superintendent Deanne Burleigh, Officer-in-Charge at Burnaby RCMP, in a release.
We are still interviewing witnesses and are not at a point where any further information can be released.
Thursday’s high temperatures broke records across the region.
Police are asking parents to be aware of the dangers associated with leaving children in vehicles, especially as the weather heats up.
Police are also asking that parents are vigilant when transporting their children, double checking the backseat of the vehicle to ensure it is clear before parking and leaving the vehicle.