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7-month-old clinging to life after being left in hot car for 2 hours

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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.

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13 comments

  • Eric

    Unclear what happened the way it’s posted. How could Mom think Dad dropped off if she put kid in her car and how could Dad not know where kid was if he had put kid in car? Did Dad drive a different car but put child in hers? Story is weird

    • Misti Sandefur

      I agree, Eric. The article needs a minor rewrite to state certain things more clearly. The way it’s currently written confuses the reader… Well, this reader. It does not actually state who put the baby in the car.

      • John Gettys

        Someday the RedEye will win a Pulitzer, and the person who wrote this might be the one to win it.

      • WGN Web Desk

        Hi all,

        What we know is: The father had first dropped off two other children, who were also in the vehicle, at the mother’s house. The mother then took the car to her meeting, not knowing another boy had been left inside. She had thought the other child had also been dropped off. The father had attempted to call the mother but she didn’t receive his voice mail until she got out of the meeting. It wasn’t until she got out of the meeting that she discovered the 7-month old in the car. Our story now reflects this.

  • Josie

    Really? There have been too many of these “forgetful” parents who inadvertently leave a child in a hot car to die. I sure hope this baby lives, and I also hope that the state takes their children away. These individuals should NEVER be parents.

    • Anna

      It was a horrible accident. Think about the poor mother and how she is going to suffer with that feeling. The mother was hysterical when she realized. Please please do not make such horrible comments when you do not even know the whole story. They were already going through something stressful.

  • danielle

    Thats why parents need to start looking at the back seat before locking the car. I dont have kids but just kills me to hear of parents like this. Also I agree if you know 2 kids were taken out of the car then why the heck leave on in the car. You know you left the house with 3 so you gotta take 3 out when you get the the next place.

  • Bella

    This is so Disgusting How irresponsible can two parents be especially a seven-month-old child can’t speak … How do you not see a child in the back of your car seat this pisses me off I want to just shake them both up