JPSO: 11-month-old dies in hot car

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Interim Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto gives update on the baby's death.

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — An 11-month-old died today after being left in a hot car for several hours in Metairie.

Interim Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said deputies were called to the 5000 block of Hastings Street this afternoon after the baby’s parents realized they had left the infant in the car.

They found the baby unresponsive and notified a neighbor, then called authorities. The baby was taken to East Jefferson General Hospital and pronounced dead.

Lopinto said it’s unclear how many hours the baby was left in the vehicle, but said it was “a long period of time.”

Homicide detectives and the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office are investigating.

No charges have been filed against the parents.

“Unfortunately, parents with good intentions make bad mistakes. That’s what happened,” Lopinto said. “No parent wants to lose their child. The parents are dealing with the ultimate consequence right now.”

Lopinto also noted that although hot car deaths don’t happen often in Jefferson Parish, they happen enough around the country to get attention when they do.

“The most we can do is try to prevent the next one,” he said.

Watch the full press briefing below: