WPB infant dies in hot car

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - An infant is dead after, police say, the child's parents left the baby in a car for two hours.

West Palm Beach Police are not releasing the name of the mother and the father. But they do tell us they were confused about who was supposed to take the child out of the car.

"Oh, I just think it's so sad for anybody," said one neighbor.

Police tell us it happened in the driveway of a home on Tahoe Circle in the Lakes of Laguna community in West Palm Beach. The family had just returned from a Saturday in the park and started to unpack their car.

"Apparently, according to them, it was a mistake, just the husband thought the wife had taken the baby in while they were unpacking the car and vice versa," said police spokesman Chase Scott.

He says the child was in car on a day of record heat for about two hours before the parents realized the 3 month old was not inside their home. They rushed outside, and, police say, they took the child to the hospital where the infant died Sunday. An autopsy conducted Monday showed the child died of excessive heat.

Neighbor Richard Baker says he often saw the young couple caring for two children, and, he says, they seemed like a loving family. He admits he and his wife also had similar close call years ago when his son was an infant. "Had I forgotten, he would have been toast. It could happen so easy to anybody really, you know," said Baker.

But at the house, it was a different story with a tragic result. Police say they take a closer look at this case with the State Attorney's office to determine is any charges will be filed. They tell us the family is cooperating.