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Lauderhill police: Baby’s death in hot car likely an accident

Elaine Weaver, the mother of an 11-month-old child who died after being left in an SUV in Lauderhill, wiped away tears as she faced a family court judge Thursday.
Elaine Weaver, the mother of an 11-month-old child who died after being left in an SUV in Lauderhill, wiped away tears as she faced a family court judge Thursday. CBS4

Lauderhill police said Thursday the death of an 11-month-old baby left in a car the day before most likely was a horrific accident.

“Everything we are getting points to this being a tragic accident,” said police spokesman Lt. Gregory Solowsky.

“The family continues to be very distraught,” said Solowsky, adding the parents likely will not be charged, but the case will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office for review.

On Wednesday, the child — who has not been identified — was left in the car while the family unloaded groceries. They then went into a home in a Lauderhill apartment complex in the 3100 block of NW 19th Street, leaving the child inside the car.

Meanwhile, the child’s parents, who identified themselves as Kenneth and Elaine Weaver, faced a Broward family court judge Thursday.

Elaine Weaver’s attorney Jeff Levy told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that her four children were placed with family members because she had a prior case with the Department of Children and Families in the mid-90s.

“She’s always cooperated with the Department of Children and Families and Childnet and I’m expecting that hopefully they’ll offer her another case plan,” Levy told the station.

Kenneth Weaver dismissed reporters outside of the courtroom.

“If it was you, how would you feel?” he said.

Levy said said the couple will return to court Aug. 3.

According to Solowsky, the baby’s parents had five children ranging from 11 months to 14 years old.

Neighbors in the complex told CBS4 they couldn’t believe what happened.

“I feel sorry for the baby and the mom,” Mercedes Tomas told the station. “I don’t know how you can forget your baby. You’re supposed to take the baby out first before the groceries.”

The baby was taken to Plantation General Hospital, but died shortly thereafter.

The baby’s death is the third child to die in a hot car this year in Florida and the ninth in the country, according to KidsAndCars.org.

The organization, which aims at preventing heatstroke deaths because a child was left in a car, ranks Florida as the second-highest state with the most deaths because of a child being left in a car. Texas is No. 1.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 contributed to this report.

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