Palm Beach Post

Toddler left in car dies

By Pilar Uilbarri
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 15

A suburban Boca Raton dentist who wanted to spend more time with his three-year-old son forgot to take the toddler out of his SUV Thursday and after several hours in the car, the boy died, said a sheriff's spokesperson.

A family member called the Mission Bay Dentistry office to check on the boy. That's when Dr. Dennis Sierra, 42, ran out with some of his employees to find his son, Andres, not breathing.

They took the boy out of the maroon Ford Explorer, which had all the windows up and was parked on the north side of the Mission Bay Office Center, and started performing CPR.

"This is terrible tragedy. It was an accident," said Sierra's attorney, Michael Salnick outside the hospital where the boy was pronounced dead at 1:27 p.m.

Salnick added that the toddler's father is "grieving beyond the definition of the word 'grief'.

"He was a son whose father loved him very much."