Posted: Jun 26, 2012 5:28 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Jun 26, 2012 5:32 PM
A father is facing one of the most unimaginable tragedies. His 11-month-old son is dead after he accidentally left the child inside his truck .
"In these circumstances as we know now, dad did not intend for this to happen," said Capt. Kip Judice with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.
Judice says the father was called to work while on his way to drop off his 11-month-old son at daycare.
"It ended up being foremost in his mind and simply forgot the child was in his possession," he added.
Judice says the mother usually took the infant to daycare, not dad. The baby stayed in the car for nearly six hours.
"The father realizes the baby is in the truck and takes him immediately to Women's and Children's where within minutes the baby is pronounced dead. A person of perfect health probably couldn't survive that," said Judice.
"The way we cool our bodies is sweating and kids don't have a big developed sweat system," said Dr. Rebecca Doise with Women's and Children's.
KATC's Jenise Fernandez brought a thermometer inside a car to see how hot it gets. With the air running for about five minutes, it was 80 degrees. After turning off the car for five minutes, the thermometer read 124 degrees.
"Even in the cooler temperatures let's say 72 degrees, the average rise of temperatures in those cars can hit as high as 100," said Dr. Doise.
Women's and Children's Dr. Doise says parents should remind themselves a baby is on board.
"Put your purse next to the car seat or put something you know you're going to have when you get out of the car," she suggested.