Infant Death Investigated
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has initiated an investigation into the death of an 11-month-old Lafayette child. The child’s father sought treatment at Women’s and Children’s Hospital at approximately 4:54 PM Monday June 25, 2012, however the child was pronounced dead at 4:55 PM.
It was learned that the father of the child forgot to deliver the baby to the day care center and proceeded straight to work where he remained for nearly 6 hours. A fter receiving a call inquiring about his son’s whereabouts the father realized the child had been inside the vehicle throughout the day.
Investigators have confirmed the exterior temperature reached 99 degrees on Monday: inside a closed vehicle temperatures would be considerably higher.
The Lafayette Parish Coroner is conducting additional forensic testing to determine the cause of death The results of the Sheriff’s Investigation will likely be turned over to the District Attorney’s office for review.
Sheriff Mike Neustrom would like to remind all residents to exercise caution during the heat of summer, stay hydrated and monitor the elderly and young for signs of heat exhaustion.
Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office