BURNABY, B.C. — RCMP say a toddler has died after being left in a vehicle in Burnaby, B.C., during a spring heat wave.
Mounties say at 5:45 p.m. yesterday officers responded to a report of an unconscious 16-month-old who was in a car at Kingsway Avenue and Inman Street.
RCMP say the toddler was transported to hospital and declared dead.
Police say initial information provided to officers was that the child had been left unaccompanied in the car for a number of hours.
"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 please be aware of the dangers associated with leaving your children in vehicles, particularly as the weather is getting warmer. Police are also asking that parents are 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.
They say the infant's father was located at the scene and both parents are co-operating in this investigation, and no arrests have been made.
Chief Supt. Deanne Burleigh, officer-in-charge at Burnaby RCMP, says investigators are still interviewing witnesses and are not at a point where any further information can be released.