Baby dies in hot car in Helotes Walmart parking lot

Walmart employee forgot to take baby to day care

By Bill Barajas - Reporter, David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor

HELOTES, Texas - A 7-month-old baby died in a hot car Friday in the Walmart parking lot in Helotes.

It happened in the 12000 block of Leslie Road.

Police said the baby's father, who is a Walmart employee, told police he forgot to take the baby to day care before he got to work around 6:15 a.m.

When the father went out to his car, he made the tragic discovery, police said.

Police received a call around 3 p.m. When they arrived, they found the father leaned over the baby. They said it was obvious nothing could be done and the baby had died.

The child’s hot car death is the sixth one in Texas this year, according to noheatstroke.org. It’s also the 26th hot car death this year nationwide.

Experts advise putting a cellphone, handbag, employee ID or briefcase in the back seat, so that you have to open the back door to grab that item before leaving. Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is in the car seat, place the stuffed animal in the front seat, experts say. People can also ask their babysitter or day care service to call and ask where a child is if they have not arrived.

The father was taken to a hospital for observation after complaining of chest pain.

No charges have been filed at this time. Helotes police are still investigating.

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