MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A year-old-boy, pulled from a hot car parked in front of a Pinecrest home, died Tuesday.
Now Miami-Dade Police plans a thorough investigation.
The boy, Samuel Schnall, was found inside the car at SW 77th Avenue and 124th Terrace on Monday around 3 p.m. Paramedics said he had been left alone inside the vehicle for more than an hour.
“This child had been out and about with a family member all day. Upon returning, the child was left in the vehicle,” explained Miami-Dade Police spokesperson Det. Jennifer Capote.
Schnall, who Pinecrest Police said was “responsive” when he was found, was rushed to Baptist Hospital in critical condition.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that detectives were not saying who left the child in the blue Toyota Camry.
“The investigation continues and charges are pending,” said Det. Pinkard.
Pinecrest neighbor’s and residents are heartbroken.
Resident Peter Casablanca said, “Our prayers go out to the family and the community is devastated by this. I have a one-year-old son myself and I don’t know how they can survive this. It’s hard. We don’t know them yet we are suffering.”
Casablanca said, “It’s a human error and it’s a difficult thing for any family. It’s something that should never happen but it happens.”
Monday’s high temperatures were in the low-80s when the little boy was left in the car.
On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles, according to KidsandCars.org.