Police Investigate Death Of 15-Month-Old In Hot Car In Ridgefield

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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - Police in Ridgefield confirmed Tuesday that they are investigating the death of a 15-month-old boy left in a hot car Monday. 

Requests for information about the case were directed to Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeffrey Kreitz, but he was unavailable for immediate comments Tuesday.

The 15-month-old boy was left in a hot car on Monday, when temperatures soared to nearly 90 degrees, according to a police statement. The boy was left unattended inside the parked vehicle for "an extended period of time," according to a police statement.

Here is the full statement from the Ridgefield police: "On July 7, 2014, at approximately 6 p.m. the Ridgefield Police Department was notified about the tragic death of a 15-month-old boy. It was reported to police that the infant was left unattended inside of a parked vehicle for an extended period of time. The cause of death is yet to be determined. Police are investigating this incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."

In other incidents this summer, people are facing charges in East Lyme, New London and Orange after leaving children alone in vehicles, NBC 30 said.

So far this year there have been 15 deaths associated with heatstroke in cars, the Norwalk Police Department says. 

On the Norwalk police Facebook page, several facts about cars in hot weather are provided.

  • Cars heat up quickly. A vehicle can heat up 20 degrees in 10 minutes.
  • Cracking the windows or not parking in direct sunlight does not make a car significantly cooler. Heat stroke deaths have occurred even when the vehicle was parked in shade.
  • A car can reach 110 degrees when temperatures are only in the 60s. Heat stroke can take place when the outside temperature is as low as 57 degrees.
  • The body temperatures of children can increase three to five times faster than adults. Heat stroke begins when the body passes 104 degrees. Reaching an internal temperature of 107 degrees can be deadly.

The story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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My opinion on this tragic event: while there are many questions yet to be answered, neither all the armchair sleuthing nor damning pronouncements and cruel remarks will bring Benjamin back. Neither will compassion for this family, but at the very least compassion will allow this little boy's mother and sisters to take the next steps forward. Until more is known, let's reserve judgment about the nature of this tragic death.

This is b/s. How do you drop your baby off everyday at daycare and then the day it is 90+ out forget you have your baby in the car? I don't care if you had to stop off at work to pick something up, you leave the damn car running w/ ac. b/c you are not that brain dead to see that there is a child in the back seat of your car. I'm sure was not sleeping as this is a everyday thing. To drop your child off. Why didn't the daycare call when the child was brought there on time? I know my daycare you question it! This is so upsetting. And this was not an accident!
Arrest this man there is not excuse great enough to not charge murder! Facts: left child in car for excess of 6 hrs, did not call 911 when you discovered what had just transpired

Especially when there has been a case in Georgia very similar! And all over the news!

My prayers go to the little baby, what a horrific case of neglect. People who have children and don't want to take care of them should give them up for adoption. There are so many eager and loving couples waiting to adopt that would love and care for a child.

What the F is wrong with people? This is in child-rearing 101.

I cannot even begin to comprehend what is not going through these individual's minds. Get a babysitter. There are plenty of high school kids who would watch your child for a couple of hours.

Poor baby!! The animal responsible should burn in hell!!