10-month-old baby dies after being left in hot car outside Waffle House

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AUSTIN, Texas -– A 10-month-old baby boy is dead after being left alone in a hot car outside a restaurant in Texas.

Authorities say the baby was found unconscious and not breathing inside an unlocked car that was parked outside of a Waffle House in Austin. Police told KXAN employees spotted the child and were able to get him out before they arrived.

“The car was not on, they didn’t have to break a window or anything like that,” Cpl. Chad Martinka with the Austin Police Department told KVUE. “They were able to unlock the door and get the child out.”

Investigators say the car was not running, the windows were rolled up and the boy was in the back seat, according to The Statesman.

An employee called 911 and brought the child inside where he or she tried to perform CPR. When medics arrived, they also performed CPR, but were unable to resuscitate the child.

“With the heat like it is, going through this heat wave, it only takes the temperature in a car 10 minutes to rise 20 to 30 degrees,” said Cpl. Martinka.

Officers are still working to establish the relatoinship between the driver and the child. As of Friday, no arrests have been made.

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