Police: Baby dies after being left in car while parents attended church

PALM BAY, Fla. — An 11-month-old baby died in Palm Bay Sunday after being left alone in a car for hours while the parents went to church, according to police.


Palm Bay police officers responded to the 6100 block of Babcock St. at around 1 p.m. Sunday for reports of an unresponsive infant in a car.

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The baby was taken to Palm Bay Community hospital and pronounced dead there.

According to the Palm Bay Police Department, their officers were told the baby had been left in the car for approximately three hours while the parents attended services at Mount of Olives Evangelical Baptist Church. Police say the parents are co-pastors at the church.

“This is an unfortunate incident, and our condolences and prayers go out to the family,” Palm Bay Police Chief Mario Augello said in a statement.

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No charges have been filed. Police say their investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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