In a shocking case of child neglect, an infant was found alone and screaming inside a hot car in Pennsylvania on Monday.
The North Lancaster County Regional Police Department said the child was vomiting. The incident took place in Clay Township, Lancaster. Lancaster Online. The ambient air temperature was recorded at minus 90 degrees when the incident occurred at 4:38 pm when the child’s age was not clear, although an eyewitness said he was less than a year old.
Officers were alerted by eyewitnesses who saw the child inside a car parked near the subway shop. Callers told 911 that the child was clearly enraged. There were no parents or other adults around him.
Onlookers said the car was not moving, but its windows were broken. By then, people had gathered around the car.
Police said some began searching for the child’s parents at nearby shops, including Daisy Kell, a fast shopper and a subway. Officers did not say how long the child was in the car.
However, before the deputy arrived at the scene, a male driver was seen leaving a store. He immediately got into the car and ran out of the parking lot when people gathered.
An investigation into the incident has been launched. Eyewitnesses described the vehicle to officers, who said they confirmed the interview with surveillance footage to obtain vehicle registration.
While investigators said they were looking into the child’s health and safety, they did not disclose other details, including the owner of the vehicle. An update on the welfare of newborns and possible charges are also pending.
Many such cases have been reported in the country this summer. Last month, a 5-year-old boy in Virginia died after being in an SUV for several hours. At that time the outside temperature was 93 degrees F. Officers arrived at the family’s home in Springfield when they received a report that a child had been left in the car and received no response. The boy arrived home Tuesday afternoon with his parents and “young” siblings, but remained trapped inside his car seat, police said. It is not clear why the child did not get out of the car.