PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- (WPTV/AP) -- A 17-month-old boy left in a car for about eight hours died Friday in Broward County after one of his parents parked the car and went to work.
Pembroke Pines Police said the toddler's parent left him in the car Friday morning after parking in a hospital parking lot.
The Sun Sentinel reports the parents' names were not released and the investigation remains active.
"The agency's first priority is to offer support and services to the parents," Sgt. Adam Feiner said. Criminal charges might be presented based upon the final outcome of the investigation, he added.
Pediatric vehicular heatstroke killed 742 children between 1998 and 2017, the National Safety Council found. The average age of victims was 21 months.
In 54 percent of the cases, the parent or caregiver unknowingly left the youngster in a vehicle. It generally happened when the caregiver was especially tired or there was a change in routine, the authors of the report said.
Florida officials said paramedics arrived about 5:06 p.m. on Friday, and tried to resuscitate the little boy, but "regrettably, CPR lifesaving efforts and fire rescue transport did not prevent an unfortunate tragedy," said Sgt. Adam Feiner, a spokesman for the agency.
Lawrence Hashish, a lawyer who was contacted by the family, said he spoke with police Friday night and was told both parents were questioned and released.