NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — North Charleston Police and the Charleston County Coroner’s Office are investigating after an infant died Tuesday while left inside a car for several hours.
NCPD spokesman Spencer Pryor says the child’s father reportedly forgot the child was inside the car, and left the boy inside the vehicle while he was at work.
Officers were dispatched to Roper St. Francis in West Ashley in reference to dead infant Tuesday shortly after 6 p.m., Pryor says. The location where the child reportedly died was in North Charleston where the father works, police say.
According to NCPD, the father says he was supposed to have dropped the child off at daycare Tuesday morning after leaving his James Island home, but forgot. The father reportedly didn’t realize what happened until after he got off work, when his wife called him asking why the child wasn’t at daycare.
Police say the father told them he immediately transported the child to Roper St. Francis in West Ashley after finding the child unresponsive in the vehicle. The infant was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The coroner’s office is investigating the manner and cause of death while NCPD continues its investigation. Police did not say if either of the child’s parents have been or will potentially be charged with any crimes in connection to the incident.