Police investigating child death in a car at South
Austin Waffle House
5:40 p.m. update: The child found dead in a sedan at a Southeast Austin Waffle House was a 10-month-old boy, police said.
Austin police Cpl. Chad Martinka could not say whether heat was the cause of the childís death, citing the preliminary nature of the investigation and the need to perform an autopsy, but confirmed that the boy had been found inside the car.
Someone discovered the child inside the car and removed the boy. Bystanders began performing CPR on the boy while EMS was en route. EMS continued life saving efforts, but the child was pronounced deceased inside the restaurant, Martinka said.
Police were questioning a man in connection with the childís death. He was cooperating but was very distraught and it was taking time for police to get more details, Martinka said.
Earlier: Homicide detectives were on the scene of a death of a child in a car at the Waffle House on Ben White Boulevard Thursday afternoon.
Police initially went to the restaurant location at 7809 East Ben White Blvd. at about 2:45 p.m. on an urgent call to check the welfare of a child. Police soon learned that the child was deceased at the location.
Police are investigating, but were unable to provide any further details, police said.
So far this year, 12 children have died after being left in hot cars, according to statistics compiled by San Jose State University. Texas leads the country in deaths, with 95 since 1998, research showed.
In Austin, 1-year-old Sophie Cavaliero died in May 2011 after her father Brett Cavaliero left her inside his truck while at work. A grand jury declined to indict him in her death.
In 2010, an 18-month-old boy died after his father left him inside a minivan outside of his place of work in Williamson County. The father, Kesen Hu, later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to probation.
Autopsy: Infant boy left in car at Waffle House
died of heat stroke
An autopsy of a 4-month-old boy left in a car parked in front of a Southeast Austin Waffle House Thursday afternoon showed the child died of heat stroke.
A preliminary autopsy showed the baby died from hyperthermia and determined that the death was accidental, the Travis County medical examinerís office said. They identified the boy as Stewart Carylton.
Austin police initially said the child was 10 months old. However, the date of birth later released by the medical examiner put the childís age at just younger than 4 months old.
The boy died after being found inside a sedan parked at the Waffle House at 7809 East Ben White Blvd. Thursday afternoon. Police have been questioning the carís owner.