Baby dies after being left in car

June 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Words cannot describe what a Bay Area mother saw Monday and what she is going though now. She found her baby locked in the backseat of the family car in a BART station parking lot.

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The child, only 4 months old, died Monday night. Police won't say exactly how this happened, but they said the baby's father went to work Monday morning and somehow left his son in the car with the windows rolled up.

"The fire department shortly arrived several minutes after. They witnessed a very tragic scene of a mom holding her 4-month-old infant son," said BART Police Lt. Frank Lucarelli.

BART Police would not identify the distraught woman, but investigators say the 4-month-old baby boy's mother raced to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station after realizing her son was never dropped off at his daycare.

But it was already 5:30 p.m. by the time she pulled up in her white Toyota and discovered her baby still strapped in his car seat in the back of his father's Chrysler 300.

"It could be 60 degrees outside with a breeze, but inside a car with the windows rolled up, that's a very, very bad environment to be in," said Lt. Lucarelli.

Police say the father, who was at work, took the BART train back to El Cerrito and both parents rode away in an ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, where their son was pronounced dead. The father's car was towed as evidence. Meanwhile, BART Police were cautious about providing details.

"This investigation is being conducted. It's still in its preliminary stages. We're still trying to gather facts," said Lt. Lucarelli.

"Why in the world that happened, I can't tell you. That's part of the investigation and so we're looking into that. That's why we're asking for the public's help. If you saw anything and heard anything, please give our police department a call, so that we can help put together this case," said BART spokesperson Linton Johnson.

BART Police have not released the names of the parents or the deceased child and it's unclear whether or not the parents will face any charges.

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