A 5-year-old boy died in Virginia after being left in a hot SUV for several hours, police said.
The boy, who was not immediately identified, was found unresponsive in a Springfield driveway Tuesday several hours after he arrived home with a parent and other siblings, WJLA reported.
Responding cops performed CPR on the boy before he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Lt. John Lieb said at a press conference.
“Officers responded here for what was reported as a tragic accident, and at this point, I don’t have any reason to doubt that,” Lieb told reporters.
The 5-year-old’s siblings got out of the SUV when they returned home, but the boy “remained behind” while strapped to a child safety seat, Lieb said.
“The circumstances that led up to that child remaining in the child safety seat are still under investigation,” Lieb added. “Our heart breaks for this family. This is a tragedy.”
Exactly how long the child was left inside the car was unclear, but investigators believe it was “up to a couple of hours,” Lieb said.
“Detectives will remain open-minded and look at every angle of this case and determine the full facts and circumstances,” Lieb told reporters.
Heat likely played a factor in the boy’s death, Lieb said, but an autopsy will determine his cause of death. Temperatures in Springfield reached 93 degrees Tuesday, while the heat index in the metro DC area soared past 100, NBC Washington reported.
Details of the ongoing investigation are being shared with prosecutors, Fairfax County police Sgt. Tara Gerhard told The Post early Wednesday.
With Post wires