OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – A 2-year-old child was found dead in a van in Oakland Park Monday afternoon.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office says it is working a death investigation at 3140 NW 21st Avenue.
BSO confirms 2-year-old Noah Sneed was locked in a van that was left outside a day care.
In video from Chopper 4, there is white van with yellow tarp draped over one side parked outside of the Ceressa Learning and Activity Daycare Center.
When fire rescue workers arrived the little boy was already dead.
Police say the child was picked up and brought to the daycare center inside the van, but it appears as though someone forgot to bring him inside.
“What happened once they arrived is under investigation,” said Keyla Concepcion with Broward Sheriff’s Office. “At this point we don’t know why the boy remained inside the vehicle but evidently he ultimately succumbed to the environment in which he remained inside that van.”
Experts say the temperature inside the van could have reached upwards of 135 degrees.
According to child safety advocacy group Kids In Cars, this is the fourth Florida child to die in this manner this year.
Worried parents rushed to the center to pick up their children including Ranesha McPhee whose kids used to ride the same van.
“I’m glad I stopped letting my kids ride that van. I just want to get my kids out of there,” said McPhee. She said she didn’t hesitate when she heard what happened. “I ran out of my job. I work at the Burger King across the street, I’m a manager and when I heard I just ran straight out, on the clock and everything. I just ran over to pick up my kids.”
There is no word on how long the van with the child inside had been parked outside the day care center.