WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A 4-year-old boy has died at Yale-New Haven Hospital after firefighters say he was left in a hot car in West Haven. The boy’s 2-year-old brother is still at Yale, but police say his condition is unknown at this time.
The West Haven Fire Department said the children were discovered in a hot, black car in an apartment complex at 2 Treat Street just before 3:00 p.m.
It is not known how long they were in the car.
The investigation is centering around a black car that was surrounded by crime scene tape on Thursday afternoon. Neighbors said they saw a man taken out of an apartment complex in handcuffs. Police say the father of the boys was taken to the hospital to be treated as well, but that nobody is in custody at this time.
Neighbors say they are shocked and saddened.
“All I heard and all I saw was all the police and ambulances,” Tracey Marino said. “My prayers are with the kids. It’s disgusting how somebody could do that. It’s absolutely disgusting.”
“This happens more often than it really should,” said neighbor Matt Dispirito. “Every summer we go through this, I think. It’s always on the news, don’t leave kids, animals, you know? And people still do it. I wonder how long they were left in there.”
“I hope people make better choices after seeing this,” Heather Chamberllo said. “We see it time and time again and it’s just so sad.”
Sergeant Charles Young said a 9-1-1 call came from inside the apartment and the children were briefly treated there, along with their father, before all three were taken to Yale New Haven Hospital.
“Anytime there’s an incident like this involving kids, we investigate to the fullest potential,” Sgt. Young added.