Infant Dies after Being Left Unattended in SUV

Franconia Police District – Detectives are investigating after an 11-month-old girl died after being left unattended in an SUV for an extended period of time yesterday afternoon. Our officers responded with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department shortly before 5 p.m. to the 6400 block of Meriwether Lane in Springfield for a report of an unresponsive child who was left in a vehicle. She was taken to a hospital where she later died.

A preliminary investigation revealed the child’s father placed the 11-month-old in the rear seat of the SUV at his Springfield home and inadvertently left the child while he used another vehicle to run errands. After returning home, he then drove the SUV to an in-home daycare to pick up another child when he realized the 11-month-old was still in the back seat.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Detectives have consulted with the Fairfax County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and no charges are expected to be placed in this case.

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