Toddler dies after left inside car; Police investigate death as 'suspicious'
Posted at: 08/06/2012 11:05 PM
| Updated at: 08/06/2012 11:34 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Police are investigating a toddler being found in a car and later pronounced dead as a suspicious death.
It happened Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Precious Moments Day Care on Atrisco and Ladera in northwest Albuquerque.
When police arrived, the two-year-old boy had already been taken into the building. An ambulance transported the toddler to the University of New Mexico Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Police said a relative was the one responsible for leaving the toddler in the car. When police arrived, it was 91 degrees outside the car and even hotter inside. The relative is also an employee of the day care center.
One parent was disturbed about a relative possibly being responsible for the toddler's death.
"That's an employee that left their child in a car? that brings worry to me honestly because we have our children here, you know," Dominic Celstine said.
Police said no further charges will be filed until they get information from everyone involved.
"Everybody will be interviewed to include the relative, the mother of the child, anyone employed at this business to determine what happened today," said Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Allen Banks.
Deputy Chief Banks said the message from this tragedy is clear.
"Know where these children are at all times you cannot leave your children for any minute, any second inside a vehicle, especially in this heat," he said.
Precious Moments said they would release a statement to parents of the day care center about what happened. Police said no new information would be available until Tuesday.
Police said it will be up to the district attorney's office as to whether the relative would be charged in the toddler's death.