Authorities in Indiana say a baby died in a hot car this weekend — while the child’s mother reportedly sat in the same SUV.
According to Fox News, temperatures in Indianapolis reached highs in the mid-80’s on Saturday when the vehicle pulled into an AutoZone parking lot.
One occupant exited to go inside the store, leaving the mother and young child in the SUV, police say. At about 4:45 p.m., emergency personnel were called to the scene and soon found the baby unresponsive.
A bystander alerted authorities to the child inside the vehicle, according to WISH.
Indianapolis police released a public statement on the matter, confirming that “EMS transported the baby to Riley [Hospital for Children] whre, despite the best efforts of medical staff, the baby died.”
It was not immediately clear when or if the mother left her baby alone in the vehicle.
As of the latest updates available, no criminal charges had been filed against the baby’s mother. Authorities did confirm, however, that homicide detectives at police headquarters questioned her after her child’s death.
A cause of death had not been determined pending the outcome of an autopsy by the Marion County Coroner’s Office set to be conducted on Monday.
The police statement described the case as “a death investigation at this time,” noting that could change depending on the evidence.
“If it is ruled a homicide, a formal brief will follow,” police confirmed.
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