3-year-old Warwick boy found dead in mother’s parked car

Monday, June 8, 2009

By Talia Buford

Journal Staff Writer

WARWICK — A 3-year-old boy died Sunday after being found unconscious in the back seat of his mother’s car, the police said.

Officers went to 42 Suburban Parkway at about 3:30 p.m. in response to a report of a missing child. Just as they arrived, neighbors and family members searching the area found the child in a Jaguar parked in front of the family’s house, said Lt. Joseph Coffey. Officers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived and took the child to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police declined to identify the boy or give details. Coffey said an autopsy will be performed Monday.

“We don’t know at this point, but on its face, through a preliminary investigation, this appears to be a tragic accident,” Coffey said.


Update: Heat, heart failure killed 3-year-old, police say
3:55 PM Mon, Jun 08, 2009
Kate Bramson

WARWICK, R.I. -- The child found dead Sunday in his family's parked car died of heart failure due to overheating, Major Joseph H. Tavares of the Warwick police said on Monday.
Tavares identified the child as James A. Lymburner, 3, of 42 Suburban Parkway. He said the cause of death was determined after an autopsy performed by the state Medical Examiner.

The boy was not in a car seat when he was found in the Jaguar parked in front of the family's house at 42 Suburban Parkway, Tavares said, and the police believe he had climbed into the car on his own. Calling the incident "a tragic, tragic accident," Tavares added, "Nobody intended this to happen."

The Oakland Beach family had called the police to report the boy missing. As the police arrived, a family member noticed the boy in the car, according to the police.

Officers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived and took the child to Hasbro Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.