The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation Wednesday (October 11, 2017) into the death of an 8-month-old baby boy after he had been left in a car from about 8:00 am until about 4:30 pm Wednesday.
The child's guardian thought she had dropped the child off at a daycare on her way to work Wednesday morning but she had not. She returned to the daycare to pick up the child but the baby was not there. Returning to her vehicle, the guardian found the infant unresponsive in the back seat, still in his car seat. Subsequently, the child was pounced dead at the scene.
It is believed the baby was inside the vehicle all day at the female guardian's place of employment in Hammond. “The guardian has been very cooperative and working with detectives. She’s obviously distraught. This is a tragic situation and that’s why we remind parents all the time that tragedies like this aren’t supposed to happen but they do," Sheriff Edwards said.
Sheriff Edwards would like to report that the ABC Academy, a daycare center in Natalbany, has no involvement with the case or with the child’s death.
Upon completion of this investigation, all evidence and findings will be sent to the DA’s office for review.