(CBS Connecticut) –– For the third time in a week, a child has been left in a car in Connecticut — and this time the child died.
Police in Ridgefield say the 15-month-old boy had been left unattended inside a parked vehicle for an extended period of time. Police were notified of the death about 6:00 p.m. Monday.
It follows two incidents last week which resulted in the arrest of parents. Both those children survived. A Groton man was charged with leaving a six-month-old in a car while he was grocery shopping. And Shelton woman was arrested after her three-year-old was found in her car in a parking lot on Boston Post Road in Orange. She was also grocery shopping.
No other details have been released about the Ridgefield death. The WTIC Fox Connecticut Weather Service reports the temperature in Ridgefield Monday was 87° at 6:00 p.m.
State police warned about the dangers of heat-related car deaths in children in a release issued Tuesday. They say 44 children died last year in automobile-related heat deaths, and point out that that many have already died this year. Authorities say temperatures inside a car can reach triple digits in minutes, and that in dry conditions, a car can become dangerous to children within minutes — and in humid conditions, in half that time.
Police urge parents not only to make sure that they do not leave children inside their parked vehicles, but that the children not have access to unlocked parked vehicles.