WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The mother of an 8-month-old boy found dead in her vehicle realized she had left her baby there all day after returning to a daycare center hours later to pick him up.
“We have a baby that was left in the car and is unresponsive,” a woman told 911 operators.
According to Linda Rawley with the Wilmington Police Department, the mother intended to take the baby someplace else after dropping off her older child at Pax Natura at 9:30 a.m. The baby usually would have been dropped off at the daycare as well.
“It’s been in there since 9 this morning,” a caller told 911 operators with shock. “Mom forgot about it all day while she was at work.”
Rawley said the mother came back to the daycare center, part of the Childcare Network daycare, at around 5 p.m. to pick both children up, and realized she never took the baby to the other place.
“When she came to pick up her other child and realized she left him in the car all day,” a caller told 911 operators.
911 operators walked the emotional callers through the CPR process and several people tried to help the baby.
“We’re trying…we’re trying,” the caller said with despair. “C’mon baby…please!”
Police officers, firefighters and EMS swarmed the scene after the discovery of the baby, filling the parking lot and lining Wilshire Boulevard.
District Attorney Ben David and representatives with the Department of Social Services were called to the scene, which is protocol during a child death investigation.
A crowd gathered on the other side of the crime scene tape, they hugged one another and some shed tears as they watched the investigation take place.
No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
“Understand that we have a lot of work to do on this, to determine first the cause of death. We won’t know that until the baby is examined, and we have to do some more investigating to look at the time line and see what happened here,” said Assistant Police Chief Jim Varrone.
He said they have been in contact with the child’s family and that they are “distraught.”