Investigators are probing the death of an 11-month-old boy after he was left in a car for hours at an Alabama car dealership.
The victim and his twin sister were likely left in the personal minivan of their father — who works at Sunny King Honda in Oxford, about 60 miles outside of Birmingham — Friday from about 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown told WIAT.
“All indications seem that this is a tragic accident,” Brown said Friday. “No one can fathom the way this family feels and I especially want to make sure that people are sympathetic to this family and that they get all the facts before they pass judgement.”
According to authorities, the twins were only found when their mother called their father to check in on them after their day care center called to ask if they’d be coming in. When officers arrived on the scene, CNN reports, the father had already removed the children from the backseat of the car.
An investigation is currently underway, Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge confirmed.
“Criminal investigations division is currently working a death investigation,” Partridge wrote on his official Facebook Friday. “Two infants were left in a parked car today. One infant is deceased. This is ongoing and no other info is available at this time.”
According to CNN, he separately asked that people “keep the first responders and the families in your prayer.”
The young boy died at the Regional Medical Center emergency room, where his sister was also transported. Partridge says she’s doing well.
On July 26, 1-year-old twins Luna and Phoenix Rodriguez sweltered to death in their father’s hot car in the Bronx.
The young boy is the second child to die in Alabama this year after being left in a hot car, according to KidsandCars.org. The first, a 2-year-old boy named Castiel King, died in June.
According to the site, Friday’s hot car death marks the 44th for a child in the U.S. this year. The U.S. has a national average of 38 hot car deaths per year.