16-month-old infant dies after being left in car

ON Thursday May 9, at 5:45 p.m., Burnaby RCMP responded to a report of an unconscious 16-month-old infant who was in a car at Kingsway Avenue and Inman Street. The infant was transported to hospital and declared dead.

Initial information provided to police is that the child had been left unaccompanied in the car for a number of hours. The infant’s father was located at the scene and both parents are cooperating in this investigation.

“We understand that there are going to be many questions around this incident, however we would ask that the public understand we are still in the early stages of our investigation,” says Chief Superintendent Deanne Burleigh, Officer-in-Charge at Burnaby RCMP. “We are still interviewing witnesses and are not at a point where any further information can be released.”

Police are asking that parents to be aware of the dangers associated with leaving their children in vehicles, particularly as the weather is getting warmer. Police are also asking that parents be vigilant when transporting their children, double checking the backseat of the vehicle to ensure it is clear before parking and leaving the vehicle.

At this time there have been no arrests made in relation to this incident.

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