Police officials in Houston, Texas are investigating the death of a 7-month-old baby boy, who was purportedly left in the backseat of his father’s car for 10 hours, according to Click 2 Houston. At around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23, officers were dispatched to a warehouse located in the 7900 block of Northcourt Road after receiving a call about an unresponsive child. Upon arrival, officers discovered a baby, who was later identified as Justin Huynh, dead inside of his father’s car.
The baby’s 36-year-old father, whose name has not been released, told police officials that he dropped off his other two children at a daycare just before 9:30 a.m. and went to work, accidentally leaving his baby in the hot car.
Authorities say temperatures reached the mid-90s in the area.
Ten hours later, the father received a call from the baby’s mother. When she asked about his whereabouts, he realized that he never dropped the baby off at his daycare center. Police say the father wasn’t acclimated to taking the baby to school as a babysitter would do it every morning.
The father found the baby unresponsive in the hot car and immediately called 911, but it was too late. Paramedics pronounced the baby dead at the scene.
Dr. Bob Sanburn, the president and CEO of Children at Risk, said:
“We need to understand that cars can be killers and cars can be very dangerous when you combine them with heat. It’s kind of like being in a sauna.”
The baby’s father was arrested for questioning and released the same day.
An investigation continues.