JOLIET, Ill. -- A baby is in critical condition after being left in a hot car for two hours Tuesday morning.
Joliet police say the 7-month-old boy was discovered by his mother, who was attending a meeting and was unaware the boy was in the car.
Deputy Police Chief Alan Roechner said the child’s father had dropped off two other children, a 3-year-old and a 12-year-old, at the mother’s residence. The mother thought the baby was also dropped off, and took the car to the meeting near Clinton and Chicago. Police believe she didn't know the boy was still inside the vehicle.
The meeting began around 10 a.m. and throughout, the father attempted to call the mother to ask where the baby was.
The mother did not check her voicemail until the meeting was over two hours later. At that time, she discovered the baby unresponsive still inside the car. She flagged down a meter reader who called an ambulance.
Paramedics were able to revive the boy on the scene and took him to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center where he went into cardiac arrest.
Medical teams there were able to revive the baby and he was taken to Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn where he remains in “very critical condition,” according to Chief Roechner.
DCFS is investigating this case. So far there are no charges filed.