Friday, May. 11, 2012
UPDATE: Child unintentionally left in vehicle
By John Beaudoin
The Lee’s Summit Police Department announced May 4 what some feared to be true, that the tragic death of a Lee’s Summit 13-month old was the unintentional result of the child being left in the car during the day on May 3.
The investigation revealed no signs of foul play and it appears that the death was an accident in that the mother mistakenly believed she had dropped the child off at daycare.
While the name of the infant and his family are not being released by the LSPD, the Journal has confirmed both parents work for the R-7 School District. The infant’s mother teaches at Cedar Creek Elementary, the father is a teacher and coach at Lee’s Summit West.
It was the second heat-related death of a child in a car this year in the United States.
Police and emergency personnel were called at 4:30 p.m. May 4. The 911 call came in as a non-breather in the area of Wintercreek and Winterpark roads in the Winterset neighborhood. While the mother and emergency personnel attempted resuscitation of the infant, those efforts were not successful.
The family held a visitation and celebration of life at South Summit Christian Church Tuesday.
Lee’s Summit Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Depue said officers who respond to such infant deaths have access to the department’s critical incident stress management program. The R-7 School District has also made counseling services available at Cedar Creek.
Reports from the medical examiner’s office on the cause of death could take two to six weeks, Depue said.