There was a tragic discovery outside a home in the Lakewood Jewish community on Monday, as a child was sadly found inside her family’s car.
Two car seats were still strapped in the back of the black Toyota Camry, which was parked in the driveway of a Lakewood home where police say a 21-month-old girl’s body was discovered, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported.
“It seems like wonderful parents. They have one other child that is approximately 4 1/2 years old that is also a girl, and they are very saddened,” Lakewood Mayor Meir Lichtenstein said. “I was actually at the hospital and I saw the parents. They’re extremely saddened by what happened.”
CBS2 spoke with a neighbor on Lewin Avenue who did not want to show his face. He said the baby’s mother found her unconscious just after 2 p.m.
A neighbor who said he saw the discovery claims he saw the car’s front window was rolled down. Police are investigating how long the baby had been alone in there and how she died.
“It wasn’t all that warm but what happens is sometimes when the sun shines down on a car the inside of the car can … the temperatures can rise and, like I said, that’s probably exactly what law enforcement is trying to ascertain at this time,” Lichtenstein said.
“They’re loving parents, very devoted parents,” the neighbor said. “It’s gonna take a while to make sense of it and make something out of this, but at this point the community will go forward and be together and strong.”
The baby girl’s funeral is expected to be on Tuesday.
Please watch the following videos to understand how dangerous it is to be inside a vehicle in the heat with the windows closed.
With the weather turning warmer in the coming summer months, remember a car can become a deadly trap in JUST A FEW MINUTES.