Sheriff’s Detectives Investigating Death of 18-Month-Old Boy in Walnut

Sheriff’s homicide detectives Thursday investigated the death of an 18-month-old Chino Hills boy left in a sport-utility vehicle in Walnut and pronounced dead at a hospital.

Deputies were called about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to a dental office in a strip mall in the 20700 block of Amar Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“(Deputies) saw the father of a one-and-a-half-year-old child conducting CPR on his child inside the business,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Brandon Dean told NBC4. “Deputies assisted the father by continuing with their life-saving efforts until (Los Angeles) County fire paramedics arrived on scene, at which time they took over life-saving efforts.”

Kai Kayden Chen died at a hospital, and an autopsy was pending, according to the coroner’s office.

The father may be the owner of the business, identified as Skyline Dental, NBC4 said.

A witness told KCAL9 the child had been in the vehicle for seven hours and the boy’s mother was questioned by authorities.

“I saw the mother in the back seat of the sheriff’s car and… there’s just no words to describe how she looked,” Melody Chin said. “She looked just broken and tormented for what happened. The loss of your child, how can you describe that?”

The boy’s father was also questioned by deputies. No arrests were reported.

Boy who died after being left in car in Walnut is 18-month-old from Chino Hills

Los Angeles County Coroner’s office have identified a toddler who died Wednesday night after being left inside an SUV in a Walnut strip mall as 18-month-old Kai Kayden Chen of Chino Hills.

Sheriff’s deputies from the Walnut-Diamond Bar station went to the 20700 block of Amar Road at 5:45 p.m. when it was discovered the baby had been left inside the SUV between five and seven hours, the sheriff’s department said.

They said the boy’s father arrived at his work in the shopping center, forgetting to take his child to daycare.

Daycare workers later phoned the father to inquire why the child had not attended that day, and realized the boy was still in the car.

When deputies arrived, the father was performing CPR on his son inside the dentist office the father owns, sheriff’s investigators said.

The boy was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Deputies also reported the father has not been arrested, pending further investigation.

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“Any time there’s a loss of a child, it’s just a very tragic event no matter if it’s by natural means or by accident or by some other means,” he said.