A 1-year-old baby boy was found inside a car parked in the driveway of a Pinecrest home Monday afternoon after being left alone for more than an hour, according to police.
The baby, who Pinecrest police originally said was “responsive,” was rushed to Baptist Hospital on Kendall Drive.
Jennifer Capote, a Miami-Dade police spokeswoman, later said the baby was in critical condition.
The baby was found about 3 p.m. Monday inside a car in front of a home in the 7700 block of Southwest 124th Terrace.
Capote said a “family member” was watching the baby Monday and was “out and about.” When the family member came home, the child was apparently left in the car. It was not clear how the family member was related to the child, but police said the child did not live in that home.
“This is a sad situation,” she said. “No family member wishes to be in this situation.”
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures climbed to 82 degrees in Miami Monday.
By early evening, crime scene tape blocked the single-story home in a cul-de-sac off Southwest 77th Avenue. A thick hedge surrounded the beige home with a side garage. Bike riders, dog walkers and neighbors stopped by to see what was going on.
Pinecrest police reached out to Miami-Dade police for assistance with the investigation. Miami-Dade police usually handles Pinecrest’s homicide investigations.
This is not the first time a baby has been killed or seriously injured by being left in a car in South Florida.
In September, a 2-year-old boy died after being found unconscious in a van outside the Vision for Life Academy, just west of Buena Vista. In May, an 11-month old girl died after being left in a car in Hialeah.
Janette Fennell, president and founder of kidsandcars.org, which tracks deaths and injuries from children left in cars, said this was the first incident so far this year.
Last year, 39 kids died across the country after being left in a car. Florida is behind only Texas in the number of heat-related deaths from being left in a car.
“The most important message that people need to understand is this can happen to absolutely anyone,” Fennell said. “And the worst mistake someone can ever make is to think it can't happen to them.”