Baby boy dies after being found in car in shopping plaza parking lot

February 28, 2018 04:09 PM

Updated 12 minutes ago

A 1-year-old boy died Wednesday afternoon after being found inside a car in the parking lot of a shopping plaza in Southwest Miami-Dade, police say.

The baby was taken to an area hospital, where he later died, police said.

Miami-Dade police received several calls just before 1 p.m. reporting that there was “an unresponsive child.’’

The baby was found in a car at the Bird Road Shoppes, 9540 Bird Rd. The shopping center contains a beauty salon, a barber shop, a cafeteria and watch repair, according to a Google Street View as of May 2017.

Homicide detectives learned the boy was left unattended in a vehicle, but it was not clear for how long and whether it was intentional or not, police said.

NBC 6 is reporting that a witness said the mother left the child in the car while she worked in a nearby salon.

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Miami-Dade police Detective Lee Cowart said Damon was found unresponsive in the back seat of a Nissan Altima that was parked behind a business at 9540 Southwest 40th Street. Damon was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Cowart said an investigation revealed that the boy's mother, Maidelmys Llaca, 26, went to work and forgot that her son was in the backseat.

The probable manner of death was listed as accidental, but prosecutors will decide whether Llaca faces any charges in her son's death.