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UPDATED: Baby Dies in Hot Car in Ridgefield Monday

A young boy is dead after being left in a hot car for an "extended period" Monday.

Ridgefield police are investigating the death of a 15-month-old child left in a hot vehicle Monday.

The young boy was reportedly left alone in a parked car for “an extended period of time,” according to Ridgefield Capt. Jeffrey Kreitz. Police were notified of the death around 6 p.m. Monday evening.

Kreitz said Tuesday that the official cause of death has not yet been determined and the investigation is ongoing

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” he said.

Hard figures on the number of past infant deaths in cars in Ridgefield were not immediately available Tuesday, however Ridgefield police could not recall an incident in recent memory.

Deadly Summer Heat

Nearly 40 children die on average each year from being left in vehicles that overheat, with at least 20 cases reported so far this summer.

Temperatures inside a car can rise quickly in the summer, going up 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA).

The inside of a car is also much hotter than the air outside, the NTSA warns. Temperatures around 60 degrees outside can translate to more than 110 degrees inside.

Find more tips to prevent hot car deaths here, as well as a roundup of other pertinent articles posted on Patch this summer.



rita bendler July 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM
There is a lot of hateful judging going on here. Who are we to judge the person? We don't know-- someday it could be one of us doing something at seems unforgivable. It does happen. Go easy lest you be judged as harshly as you judge. You have no idea what that parent is going through. It would tear my heart apart and nothing in this world could heal it from the pain if it happened to my child and I was the cause.
Igor July 11, 2014 at 07:10 PM
So rita what would you suggest? Tell the parents oh well it happens and send them on their way? People who have auto accidents and kill someone go to jail, what is the difference here? Neither one of them was done on purpose? A lot of times these children aren't forgotten, but mommy or daddy finds it easier to leave the baby in the car and run in the store for a few minutes.
L.A. July 14, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Back seated or front seated car seat.... my question is: how in the WORLD can these parents go hours, and hours throughtout the day without thinking about their baby??? Don't they think about their child like: what is he/she doing right now, is he sleeping or playing with his friends, is he eating right now? Is he ok????etc...). Don't they call each other (mom/dad) to ask how the daycare drop off went??? My God!!! I think they should have the same punishment.
Ron Drew July 16, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Rita is correct in her response but what I am saying is to be consistent. New Haven should not arrest a parent for accidentally leaving a child in the car and Ridgefield not arrest. Also Igor indicated not to put the burden on the car makers. Yet they now have computer chips to stop the car before it hits something and beeps at the driver if they move across the center line. All these are good things so how about something that helps solve this problem.
johndoe July 17, 2014 at 02:46 PM
OK. so what is the verdict??? why is it taking so F***** long to convict a father who killed his baby!

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