An 11-month-old boy died after he and his twin sister were reportedly sitting in a hot minivan at an Alabama car dealership on Friday, September 27.
The father, who is an employee at the dealership, allegedly forgot about the children in his minivan until the mother called to ask about the twins, Alabama Local reported. He reportedly took the children out of the vehicle before emergency responders came to the scene.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown told CNN affiliate WIAT that the twins were in the car from about 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., more than three hours.
"All indications seem that this is a tragic accident," Brown told the station. "No one can fathom the way this family feels, and I especially want to make sure that people are sympathetic to this family and that they get all the facts before they pass judgment."
According to CNN, EMTs arrived at Sunny King Honda in Oxford, Alabama, around noon after receiving a 911 call about the children, Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge said.
Both kids were transported to the Regional Medical Center emergency room, where the boy was pronounced dead, Coroner Brown told CBS42.
His twin sister is reportedly doing well.
According to reports, the temperature was in the mid-90s in the hot van.
The car dealership said in a statement that the “Sunny King Automotive Group is hurting. We request your thoughts and prayers for our employee and his family and the Sunny King Automotive Group family.”
Partridge told Alabama Local that the case is still under investigation.
No arrests have been made in the case.
He noted, “It’s a scene you don’t want to respond to. It’s one of those things that will stay with you for the rest of your life.”