Baby boy found dead after being left in SUV for hours

Sep 24, 2015 12:47 PM by News Staff, Photo: WOIO

MACEDONIA, Ohio -- Authorities say an 8-month-old baby boy was found dead in the parking lot of a Walmart in northeast Ohio after he was left in a car for hours.

The medical examiner's office identified the boy as Jayce Markell Benjamin from Garfield Heights.

Police were notified at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday that the boy was found unresponsive in a sport utility vehicle by his grandmother, an employee at a Walmart in Macedonia.

The incident began after a man took four children to a day care center at about 8 a.m. Lt. Vince Yakopovich of the Macedonia police says the man forgot about the baby, who was seated in the SUV's third row. Initial information from police didn't specify the relationship between the man and the infant.

After the children were dropped off, the baby's grandmother drove the SUV to work at approximately 11 a.m. without realizing the child was still in the back seat.

CBS Cleveland affiliate WOIO-TV reports that, according to police, the baby's mother realized her son was not where he was supposed to be when only three of the children were brought home from day care.

The mother then called the grandmother, who checked the vehicle and discovered the boy, WOIO-TV reports.

Police don't believe the baby was intentionally harmed. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.


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