Unlucky Toddler found dead in the back of a hot car in 31C Australian heat

February 21, 2015 12:12 pm

Unlucky toddler has been found dead in the back of a hot car in . Police
said that the 22-month-old boy was found inside a Toyota Hilux at about
3pm yesterday in Kyneton, 100km north-west of Melbourne.
Temperatures
in Kyneton reached 31 degrees at the time of the tragedy, and police
have been unable to confirm reports the home is a childcare centre and
the baby’s mother discovered the boy after arriving to pick him up.

 The scene of the tragedy. Photo / Andrew Nelson / Twitter

“That’s all part of our inquiries at this stage,” Inspector Ryan Irwin said at the scene.
“I
understand the boy has been found by a family member and paramedics
were called and obviously there were attempts made to try and revive the
child.”

Inspector Irwin said homicide squad detectives would oversee the investigation, and called the incident an “absolute tragedy”.
“We’re devastated,” he said, according to the Herald Sun.
“[The
family are] devastated, absolutely devastated and we’re still trying to
track some family members down to actually notify them.”
The newspaper also revealed that officers had to break through the back window of the car to reach the young boy.
Neighbours of the house the baby boy was found outside said the residency doubled as a childcare centre, the ABC reported.
Homicide detectives have been called into the investigation but this is “common procedure”, according to police.
The tragedy follows the similar death of a toddler in Wanganui last month. In that case, the boy’s mother accidentally left him in her car when she went into work.
Ambulance Victoria would not comment on the latest case, but has issued repeated warnings against leaving children in cars.
In the first five weeks of the year, paramedics were called to 200 cases.
Most
recently, a young girl had to be rushed to the Royal Children’s
Hospital after being locked in a hot vehicle at Maribyrnong, 4km west of
Melbourne, for just half an hour after her mother couldn’t open the
doors.
“The girl was sweating profusely and her clothes were
drenched, so there was certainly potential for it to quickly become life
threatening,’ advanced life support paramedic Ben Dalton said.
“The MFB smashed a window to get the girl out of the car.”
Mr
Dalton said two children have died in the last few years after being
left in hot cars in Victoria, and it’s frustrating the message is not
getting through.
“Children can’t regulate their body temperature like adults can, which puts them at significant risk,’ he said.
“It’s never okay to leave a child locked in a car, even for a minute or two.”

The
state government said it will increase penalties for leaving children
in hot cars, with fines and jail time increased from three months to six
months.

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