Baby left in hot car dies in Southwest Fresno

June 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The triple-digit temperatures turn tragic. Police said a baby is dead after being left in a hot car for more than an hour.

Emergency officials are warning everyone about the dangerously high temperatures after the death of a one year old in Southwest Fresno.

Fresno police are not blaming the parents for leaving the baby in the car. The boy's aunt said the family is struggling with the terrible incident, hopefully one many can learn from during this heat wave.

Temperatures outside hovered around 100 degrees as 15-month-old Angel Cerrato was locked inside this black SUV. Investigators and his family said Angel was trapped for over an hour Friday evening.

"The family had just returned from a shopping trip with multiple kids in the vehicle. Somewhere in the exchange of getting the groceries out and the kids, everyone thought that someone had gotten the baby out," Fresno Police Lt. Mike Doyle said.

Angel's mom just delivered another child two weeks ago through C-section. She apparently thought one of her other children helped Angel into the house. Believing he was safely playing with his father in the backyard, she took a nap with her newborn.

When she woke up an hour later she found Angel unresponsive inside her Lincoln Navigator.

A Bay Area man, who wished to be identified only as Michael, was visiting his friends across the street when he witnessed the terrifying discovery.

"Then she grabbed the baby and she was just screaming," Michael said. "Automatically I ran over, I ran across the street. He's not breathing, he's not breathing, you know. I had put a towel, a cold towel on the baby to try to cool him down."

Michael, a family member and first responders frantically performed CPR, but Angel died at the hospital.

Fresno police said during this heat wave they have found several other people dangerously ill from the heat, including a man who passed out on Shaw and 6th in Northeast Fresno. They're reminding everyone to stay out of the heat whenever possible.

Police said no one will face criminal charges in the baby's death. Investigators are hoping this reminds everyone never to leave children or pets in a locked car.


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