Authorities say an 8-month-old baby boy was found dead in the parking lot of a Walmart in northeast Ohio after he was left in a car for hours.
As reported by wkyc, police were notified at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday that the boy was found unresponsive in a sport utility vehicle by his grandmother, an employee at a Walmart in Macedonia.
Authorities believe Jayce was left alone inside the vehicle for approximately nine hours.
The incident began after a man took four children to a day care center at about 8 a.m. Lt. Vince Yakopovich of the Macedonia police says the man forgot about the baby, who was seated in the SUV’s third row.
Initial information from police didn’t specify the relationship between the man and the infant.
After the children were dropped off, the baby’s grandmother drove the SUV to work at approximately 11 a.m. without realizing the child was still in the back seat.
The grandmother didn’t discover the child until hours later when she received a call from his mother saying that he hadn’t been at day care.
Police don’t believe the baby was intentionally harmed. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
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A portion of the parking lot was closed Wednesday night while police searched the vehicle at the scene. The car was towed shortly after 8 p.m., and the parking lot reopened, reported USA Today.
Investigators are looking into the incident but say it appears to “a tragic accident and not a matter of foul play,” according to police.
As reported by Kids and Cars, nearly 40 infants and children die inside hot cars every year. The 8-month-old who died in the Walmart parking lot was the 23rd child vehicular heat stroke death this year.
911 Call: Baby found dead in vehicle at Macedonia Walmart