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11-month-old baby boy dies after he was left unattended in a car for an hour in Fresno, police say

An 11-month-old baby boy died Tuesday after he was left unattended in a car with the windows rolled up for at least an hour in a Fresno neighborhood, police said.  

Police received a call about 1:33 p.m. about a child who was left inside a Ford Taurus outside an apartment complex in the 900 block of West Griffith Way, Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said.

When officers arrived, they found the child not breathing and unresponsive.

Officers performed CPR on the baby until paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Gomez said.

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The child’s grandmother had been taking care of him, but it is unclear why she left him alone in the car, Gomez said.

“The grandmother was understandably very emotionally distraught and hysterical and it was difficult obtaining a statement from her,” he said.

Not only were the car’s window rolled up, but the doors were also closed.

At noon Tuesday, temperatures reached 70 degrees at Fresno Yosemite International Airport and jumped to 79 degrees by 1:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

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Police don’t know who found the child in the car.

The child’s grandmother was also taken to a hospital because of “her mental state,” Gomez said.

Detectives from the department’s child abuse unit are investigating and had not made any arrests as of Tuesday afternoon.

veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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