Baby dies in hot car in Helotes Walmart parking lot
Walmart employee forgot to take baby to day care

SAN ANTONIO - A baby died in a hot car Friday in the Walmart parking lot in Helotes.

Police said the baby's father, who is a Walmart employee, told police that 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 father was taken to a hospital for observation after complaining of chest pain.

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

Officials identify infant who died in hot car; investigation continues

An investigation into the death of an infant who was left in a hot car in a Walmart parking lot in Helotes continued Saturday as officials released the identity of the young boy.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the child as 6-month-old Dillon Martinez, son of Trinidad Martinez, who is an employee of the Helotes store.

The father was supposed to drop the child off at day care before he began work at 6:15 a.m. on Friday.

When the father returned to the car in the afternoon, when temperatures reached the low 100s, he found the infant dead.

Helotes police continued interviewing store employees on Saturday.

“This is a very active investigation,” said Helotes police Capt. Anthony Burgess. “There are no charges filed, but that is not saying there will not be any.

“We have to look at every angle — we don’t want to jump to any conclusions,” Burgess said.

The Medical Examiner has yet to rule on a cause of death.