Toddler dies after being left in parked car for 8 hours, police say

17-month-old boy died Friday after he was left for about eight hours in a parked car, Pembroke Pines police said.

The car with the child in it was in a hospital parking lot in the 2200 block of North University Drive, south of Sheridan Street, when paramedics arrived about 5:06 p.m. and tried to resuscitate the little boy, said Sgt. Adam Feiner, a spokesman for the agency.

“Regrettably, CPR life-saving efforts and fire rescue transport did not prevent an unfortunate tragedy,” Feiner said.

The toddler was in the car for about eight hours after one of the parents parked in the Memorial Hospital Pembroke parking lot and went to work, police said.

The parents’ names were not released and the investigation remains active.

Lawrence Hashish, a lawyer who has been contacted by the family, said he spoke with police Friday night and was told both parents had been questioned and released.

“We don’t know all the facts yet,” he said.

Feiner emphasized how hot and deadly parked cars can be.

“Leaving a child in a car is a yearlong hazard, but it is especially deadly during the summer months when temperatures can climb above 100 degrees within minutes,” he said.

“Our prayers go out to the family of the deceased during this difficult time,” Pembroke Pines police said in a tweet. “We remind all parents and caregivers to always double check your vehicles for loved ones and pets that you may accidentally leave behind.”