Infant death outside LSU Hospital reported

Shreveport police are investigating the death of a infant child who's body was found in a vehicle parked in the back employee parking lot of LSU Hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the child's father found the little girl still strapped into the car seat of his black Range Rover just after 4 p.m. and it appears the child was in the vehicle for several hours in nearly 100 degree temperatures.

"The child was found inside a vehicle that apparently had been parked on the parking lot for several hours," said Shreveport police spokesman Cpl. Marcus Hines. Hines said the father found the child when he returned to the SUV, and immediately notified LSU Hospital staff who, in turn, notified Shreveport Police.

"The owner of the vehicle passed by the car, at that point he noticed the infant was still inside it's car seat, properly restrained," Hines said.

Police say the little girl is confirmed to be younger than one-year-old.

Hines said the investigation is still in the very early stages, and at this point police have not determined whether or not charges will be filed.

According to statistics maintained by San Francisco State University, there have been at least 23 heat-related deaths of children in vehicles this year, not counting today’s tragedy in Shreveport.

“In 2011 there were at least 33 juvenile vehicular hyperthermia fatalities,” is reported, adding that since 1998 there have been at least a total of 550 such deaths. The study showed infant death can occur on days with even mild temperatures around 70 degrees, since the confined space of a vehicle can become superheated quickly.

According to reports posted by the National Weather Service offices in Shreveport, the high temperature reported so far today in Shreveport was 91 degrees, at 2:20 p.m.


Police identify infant found dead in car at LSU Hospital
By Sean Staggs
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 8:09 PM PDT

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Shreveport Police say a six-month-old infant who was found dead in an SUV at LSU Health Wednesday was the daughter of a hospital employee who left the child behind as he went to work.

The body of Lourdes Marie Duvall was found about 4 p.m. in an LSU Health parking lot. Police say the baby's father accidentally left her in the Range Rover.

Detectives say they have not filed charges against the father. But they are working with the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office and the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office in their investigation.

But here's what they know so far:

When the father returned to the SUV and found the child, she was unresponsive. LSU Health police took the baby to the emergency room, where she was later officially pronounced dead.

Dr. John Vancheire says it doesn't take much for a small child to overheat in a car.

"Children don't thermo regulate very well compared to older kids and adults, especially in infancy. A closed car, in the sunshine, almost regardless of the time of year can overheat pretty quickly," he said.