OXFORD, Ala. (WIAT) — Two 11-month-old twins were discovered in a car in Oxford Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, one of the children died.
According to Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown, both children were taken to the hospital and one male child was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. No word yet on the second child’s condition.
The incident happened at the Sunny King Honda dealership in Oxford. Sources told CBS 42 that the father had the twins in the back of his minivan and they had been in the car for nearly four hours. Brown said he believes the twins were in the car from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
“All indications seem that this is a tragic accident,” Brown said. “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.”
Police said the twins were not discovered until the mother called the father to ask about them. Earlier, the mother had been notified by the twins’ daycare center about if they would be coming to the center or not. Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge confirmed that authorities are investigating the incident.
According to kidsandcars.org, this is the second child to die in a hot car in the state of Alabama this year and the 44th nationwide.
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No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42 as this is an ongoing story.
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