An eight-month-old baby boy died after being left in a scorching hot car for hours on end steps away from his home.
However, the baby’s parents – whose names have not yet been released by police – haven’t been charged in their child’s death.
Now detectives are interviewing the couple to figure out how they could forget their son in their vehicle for several hours without realising he was missing.
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The boy was found by one of his parents, still strapped to his car seat. The vehicle was parked outside of their Louisville, Kentucky home.
Louisville Metro Police were called to the scene around 6pm Monday.
They said the boy had likely been left in the car for several hours, even as temperatures crept into the 90s.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to local12.com, both parents were taken in separately by police for questioning, but police are treating the boy’s death as an investigation, and not a homicide.
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell told local12.com that although they did not initially charge the parents with a crime, that’s not out of the question.
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‘At this point,’ he said, ‘there are no charges at this time. However, we’re still going to gather the information.’
Police said more information will likely be released Tuesday, after the coroner completes his report.
Last month, two children died after being left in hot cars, one in Texas and one in Missouri.
But officials say that forgetting a child in the car isn’t always a criminal act. As was the case for the Houston-area boy who died, the boy’s father was not used to looking after him.
The father simply forgot that the baby was in the back of the pickup truck.