Toddler found dead after police called to parking lot of TV station in Burlington, Ont.
Police would not comment on whether the warm weather was a factor
A boy believed to be three years old is dead after police were called to a parking lot outside a television station in Burlington, Ont., by a man reporting that a child was found inside a car and had no vital signs.
Emergency crews were called to the Crossroads Centre, a faith-based television station on North Service Road, around 5:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Halton Regional Police and EMS attempted life-saving measures but were not successful, according to Insp. Anthony Odoardi.
"Halton Regional Police Service received a call from a hysterical male indicating that a child was vital signs absent," Odoardi said.
Investigators were seen in the parking lot leading a visibly distraught man from an ambulance.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say that by the time they arrived, the boy was outside the vehicle.
"We are saddened by this. We're saddened by any situation in which a death occurs, let alone in which a young child dies," said Odoardi. "We offer the deepest condolences."
Police would not comment on whether the heat was a factor in the child's death. Environment Canada predicted a high of 28 C for Wednesday.
Odoardi said he did not know how long the child was in the vehicle. Police are speaking with all witnesses identified at the scene.
Police won’t comment on whether or not the heat was a factor. An autopsy is planned for tomorrow and they hope to know more then. <a href="https://t.co/jUa9k2GSPe">pic.twitter.com/jUa9k2GSPe</a>—@DanTaekema
Next of kin has been notified, according to Odoardi, who added the service is continuing to contact family members.
Police expect to know more after an autopsy Thursday to determine the cause of death.
Cheryl Mahyr, spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Coroner, told CBC News that results of the autopsy likely won't be immediate.
"Autopsies encompass more than just the internal examination," she said in an email. "They include examination of tissues under microscope so in reality, autopsies take weeks to complete especially if additional tests/examinations are ordered i.e. toxicology.
Mahyr also said the coroner does not publicly disclose information on results from its investigations.