DORAL (CBSMiami) – A parent’s worst nightmare played out in Doral after a father forgot his infant daughter in the back seat of his car and she died after spending nine hours in the sweltering heat.
Lazaro Ramos told investigators it wasn’t part of his usual routine to take his six-month old daughter Rosalyn when he dropped off his son at Doral Academy Elementary on his way to work.
Around 5 p.m. he returned to the school to pick up his son. When the boy got into the back seat, that’s when they both discovered the infant unresponsive in her car seat.
Carlos Alzate’s wife was at the school when the father made the horrific discovery.
“It seems the guy was talking on his phone and he was kind of worried or something, then when he picked up his kid, he went to his car and he realized his daughter was there. The little kid found his sister in the car,” said Alzate. “The little kid started crying. The guy, when he realized the baby was there, he fell down to the floor and started crying.”
The infant was taken to Miami Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The Department of Children and Families is looking into the circumstances surrounding the child’s death.
The family’s next door neighbor Ana Arias was stunned when she heard what had happened. She said the family loved the baby very much and had a scary incident before.
“One day they were screaming out loud because the baby was choking on something,” said Arias. “They went crazy with worry, the little girl was precious.”
Alzate said he feels for the father.
“It’s a fear I’ve always had. I have a two year old baby and it’s always been on my mind,” said Alzate.
“We are terribly saddened about the situation and our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the family affected by this tragedy,” said Doral Academy Elementary Principal Eleonora Cuesta in a written statement. “We are offering our full support, including counseling services, to our students and their families who request it.”
Police will likely turn the results of their investigation over to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office which will decide if charges will be pressed.