release new details in death of 5-year-old boy
WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - Waterford police have released new details Friday
after a 5-year-old boy was found dead in his family's car on Thursday
Police have confirmed that the family name of the victim
was Bosselman but are withholding the child's identification due to his
According to police, the mother of the victim was home
when the child went missing. He was reportedly last seen in the home at
around 12:30 p.m.
The mother was also the initial caller to the
police department and had reported her son missing.
Upon arrival to
the home, officers began an immediate search of the inside of the house,
followed by the surrounding yard and driveway, before he was found inside a
Police say that officers then began CPR before medics arrived
on scene to assist with resuscitation attempts. The child was unable to be
"Devastated," said Cheryl Koltowich of Waterford. "I just
couldn't comprehend that poor little boy."
An autopsy was performed
by the state Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. The incident
remains under investigation.
"For young children it can be confusing
as to how to get out of a vehicle. Once they're inside," said Kevin Borrup,
the Associate Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut
Children's Medical Center.
He says even getting out of a restaurant
restroom can be confusing for kids.
"Each year in the United States
around 40 children die in hot cars and 30 percent of those are children who
got into a car without their parent or caregiver knowing and couldn't get
out," said Borrup.
The Department of Children and Families was also
contacted regarding the incident.
Borrup says this tragedy serves as
a reminder to check cars if a child goes missing and always lock your cars
even if they're in your driveway.
"That way no child, your child, or
a neighbor's child can get into your vehicle," said Borrup.
just a sad thing," said Koltowich. "I'm just praying for the parents."
Anyone who may have seen an unattended child in the area of Maple Avenue
between 12:30 p.m. and 2:28 p.m. on Thursday or anyone with information
regarding the incident is urged to contact Waterford police at (860)