Baby Found Dead After Being Left in Hot SUV

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2016

A father whose 6-month-old baby died after being left in a auto all day outside a San Antonio-area Wal-Mart on Friday said he forgot to drop off the boy at day care.

The baby's father, who works at the Helotes store, told investigators that he forgot to drop his son off at daycare, said Helotes police Capt. Anthony Burgess.

The baby's father was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. When he got off work about 3 p.m., he found his child dead.

The outside temperature was about 38 degrees for most of the afternoon.

No charges have been filed, and the identities of the father and boy have not been released.

In a story August 12 about a baby that died after being left in the vehicle, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the child was 7 months old.

The child safety advocacy group reported that Friday's incident marks the 27th hot car-related death of a child this year.

When police arrived, they found the father banging on the side of the auto, trying to get inside. The temperature inside the vehicle was estimated to be well over 140 degrees.

This story has been corrected to show the infant was 6 months old, not 7 months.

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