Police investigating infant's death
June 15, 2009

ST. MARTINVILLE — Authorities are investigating the death of a five-month old child who was left alone in his mother’s car for more than eight hours.

Autopsy results released today showed Keiland Paul Rebert died of hyperthermia, or heat stroke, said Todd D’Albor, chief administrative officer with the St. Martinville Police Department.

No charges have been filed, but the death will be reviewed by the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, D’Albor said.

Officers received a call at 3:40 p.m. on Thursday that the infant was inside a vehicle at a local bank.

The child’s mother said she had gone to work around 8 a.m. and forgotten that her child was still inside the vehicle.

“Obviously, it’s a tragic situation,” D’Albor said. “There’s no other way to describe it.”

An autopsy conducted by the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed that the child died of heat stroke.

The autopsy results, along with other findings, would be turned over to the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to determine whether charges would be filed, D’Albor said.