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17-month-old boy died in a hot car after parent parked and went into work at hospital, cops say

The parking lot at a medical complex in the 2200 block of North University Drive in Pembroke Pines, where a 17-month-old boy died after being left in a car for about eight hours on Friday, July 13, 2018.
The parking lot at a medical complex in the 2200 block of North University Drive in Pembroke Pines, where a 17-month-old boy died after being left in a car for about eight hours on Friday, July 13, 2018. CBS Miami

A 17-month-old boy is dead after being left alone in a sweltering car in Pembroke Pines for about eight hours after one of his parents parked the car and went to work, police say.

Officials with Pembroke Pines police said the car was in the Memorial Hospital Pembroke parking lot on Friday near the 2200 block of North University Drive. First responders who received a call for medical assistance got to the baby around 5 p.m.

Temperatures were in the upper to mid 90s Friday afternoon., according to the National Weather Service.

According to Miami Herald news partner CBS4, the parent left the child strapped in the car seat, with the engine turned off, and the windows rolled up after arriving at work. About eight hours later, after realizing the child was still in the car, the parent called 911.

Regrettably, CPR life-saving efforts and fire rescue transport did not prevent an unfortunate tragedy and the child was pronounced deceased,” the department said in a statement. “The investigation remains active.”

Police said the toddler’s parents, who have not been identified, have been questioned, released, and have contacted a lawyer, Lawrence Hashish, according to the Sun Sentinel.

“We don’t know all the facts yet,” Hashish told the Sentinel.

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