Police investigate death of 9-month-old boy allegedly left in vehicle in driveway
Louisville Metro Police are investigating the death of a 9-month-old boy who a spokesman said had been left in a vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 6400 block of Glenwood Road.
Police received a report at around 6 p.m. Monday that the boy had been left in the vehicle, said Dwight Mitchell, a police spokesman.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, Mitchell said.
Police are unsure how long the boy was left in the vehicle, he said. His parents were taken from the scene to be interviewed by police, but Mitchell said no charges have been filed.
The temperature was 89 degrees at Louisville International Airport late Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
The home is in the Glenview Manor area, between Interstate 71, Lime Kiln Lane and U.S. 42.
Police cordoned off the street, preventing reporters from getting close to the home.
An ambulance could be seen leaving the scene, where TV cameramen gathered behind yellow police tape. A woman who was driven away by police covered her face as she passed reporters.
Neighbors declined to be interviewed.
Kentucky's Bryan's Law makes a person liable for second-degree manslaughter or first-degree wanton endangerment for leaving a child younger than 8 years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances pose a grave risk of death.
The law is named for an 11-month-old Winchester boy who died in 1999 when he was left in a car by his babysitter for two hours in the heat.
Last year, there were a rash of incidents in which children were left unattended in cars during hot weather.
On May 21, 2011, Kenton Brown, 2, died after being left alone in his motherís car for several days during the day. The coroner ruled his death was consistent with environmental hyperthermia, most commonly known as heat stroke.
Ten days later, Louisville Metro Police pulled into a strip club parking lot on the night of May 31 and found a 1-year-old boy soaked in sweat, sitting alone in the backseat of a car, while his parents were inside.
And on June 4, two boys, ages 9 and 12, were found sitting unattended in a hot car outside a Portland neighborhood Kroger.
A month later, on July 12, police issued another warning to parents to be careful after children were found playing in a car unattended as the heat index soared over 100 degrees. Police said the childrenís mother had apparently been sleeping, but the children let themselves out and started playing in the car. Neighbors called police.