Infant Dies After Being Left in Hot Vehicle

Andrew Tetreault

A 1-year-old child died Thursday after being left in a hot SUV over a prolonged period of time outside a Charlotte store

This evening around 5:00 p.m., Pineville Police Department and Mecklenburg EMS Agency responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive child in a vehicle. When Pineville Officers arrived to the Lowe's Home Improvement at 10625 McMullen Creek Parkway, they found a 1-year- old child unresponsive inside a Toyota SUV. The vehicle was parked near the garden center maintenance entrance. According to Pineville Police Lt. Corey Copley, officers began rendering CPR and other life saving measures to the child.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the child was left inside the vehicle for a prolonged period of time. Lt. Copley said, "The child was transported immediately by MEDIC to the hospital, where unfortunately the 12 month old was pronounced deceased. Sources close to the case say the investigation is leading to scenario where the mother went to work and forgot the child was in the vehicle.

Pineville Criminal Investigation Division, Department of Social Services and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office are all involved in the ongoing investigation. Officials say this is the first time in Pineville that officers have encountered a heat related death involving a child. Lt. Copley said the both has been transported to Pineville Police Department for questioning. The mother has not been charged yet and the investigation is ongoing.

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R. I. P. God's little Angel.