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Conn. father parked car in work lot with son inside

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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police say the father of a 15-month-old boy who died after being left in a car on a hot day had parked his vehicle at his job with his son inside.

Ridgefield police say the father drove his son to the hospital after finding the boy in the vehicle.

Ridgefield Capt. Jeff Kreitz says the boy had been left inside the car Monday for an "extended period of time." Police say they're still trying to determine the exact amount of time.

Authorities say the cause of death has yet to be determined. Police say Danbury Hospital staff reported the death and 911 dispatchers received no calls about it.

The family, not publicly identified, lives in Ridgefield on the New York state line. The temperature approached 90 degrees in western Connecticut on Monday.

It is not clear whether criminal charges were being considered.

Temperatures approached 90 degrees in western Connecticut on Monday.

More than three dozen children die of hyperthermia in cars every year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since 1998, more than 500 children have died from hyperthermia after being in a hot automobile, Connecticut State Police noted.

A Georgia father faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June 18 death of his 22-month-old son. The father has said he left the boy in the SUV for about seven hours after forgetting to drop him off at day care. In Florida, Sarasota police charged a 23-year-old man with aggravated manslaughter last month after officers say he left his 2-year-old baby in the car and she died.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon Kreitz did not provide any new information beyond a statement released to the media several hours earlier. He cited the ongoing investigation as the reason.

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