New Albany police are investigating the death of an infant who was pronounced dead after he was left in a hot car on Monday, July 23.
Police were called to Express Care in New Albany about an unresponsive baby boy. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Although the cause of his death is still under investigation, the boy’s father said he died after being left in a hot car for several hours.
Police said around 4:30 p.m. Monday, New Albany Emergency Services received a medical call to the Express Care on Charlestown Road about an unresponsive three and a half-month-old infant.
The child was taken to Baptist Floyd Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The father said the boy’s mother had left him in her car while she went to work all day, as she thought she had dropped him off at daycare.
Aaron Turner is the father of the infant, Aiden Miller, said his son was with his mother and his sister.
Aiden was supposed to go to day care, but he never made it.
“She said she opened the car door and was like, ‘What is that smell?’ and she noticed Aiden was still in the back seat,” Turner said.
Turner said Aiden’s mother called him Monday afternoon on her way to the hospital with their son. Aiden’s mother was supposed to drop their two children off at different daycares, according to Turner.
After one was dropped off, Aiden was left in the car in the parking lot of his mother’s work.
“I still don’t understand how that happened,” Turner said. “Obviously it happens. It just happened in my family. It doesn’t get any closer to home than this.”
His death marks the 29th vehicular heatstroke death among children in 2018. Indiana ranks 27th in the nation for child hot car deaths, with 11 fatalities since 1997.
Turner said he is feeling a mix of emotions while he grieves his son’s death.
Keep in mind that that baby is the number one priority, It is inexcusable for any kid to have to go through and for parents to have to lose a child like this.
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