Police: Toddler Left In Hot Car Dies
July 17, 2006, 07:53 PM

Reported by Romeo Cantu

McAllen police continued their investigation Monday into the death of two-year-old boy left inside a hot car, authorities said.

Police said that around 2:30 p.m. Sunday they received a 911 call from the family's home, located at 2700 W. Esperanza St. in North McAllen.

"It's my understanding that the family had gone to run some errands (and) returned to the home," said Sgt. Joel Morales with the McAllen Police Department. "They were in the home (and) discovered that the child was not with them. The child is Tyler Ramirez. They went looking for him and he was found in the vehicle."

Investigators said that little Tyler Ramirez was found inside the family's Ford car with the windows rolled up and still sitting in his car seat.

Forecasters said that the sun was blazing Sunday afternoon with temperatures near 99 degrees.

Police said that when emergency crews arrived they found the child unresponsive.

Paramedics rushed the boy to the hospital, where he later died.

"We're still determining the amount of time that the child was left in the vehicle," Morales said. "This case is under investigation. The J.P. has ordered an autopsy. We're looking at over an hour or so."

Police said that the investigation is ongoing and so far charges have not been filed against the boy's parents.

Meantime, while the case is being investigated, Child Protective Services officials said that they've moved the Ramirez couple's other five children to stay with relatives.

The temperature in the car could have been up to 140 degrees when the baby was inside.