Baby Left In Car Dies

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Police want to see a baby's autopsy results before deciding whether to file charges in the 9-month-old boy's death when left in a car for about three hours on a hot day.

Medina Police Chief Dennis Hanwell said a man, believed to be the baby's father, parked the car and reported to work Monday about 7:50 a.m. at The Mail Room, a packaging business. Police withheld the man's name until the investigation is more complete.

About three hours later, another employee noticed the child in the car in the parking lot and got the man to unlock the car.

When the baby was unresponsive, one of the two called 911 and the other attempted the resuscitate the baby, Hanwell said.

Police and an ambulance crew could not revive the baby, who was pronounced dead at Medina General Hospital.

Medina police questioned the man who parked the car, but Hanwell would not say what the man told them. He was not arrested.

Hanwell said he hoped to receive the autopsy results Tuesday.

The Cuyahoga County coroner's staff is assisting the Medina County coroner with the autopsy.

Medina County Coroner Neil Grabenstetter said Tyler Costelo was pronounced dead around noon.

Grabenstetter said it appears the baby's death was heat related.

According to the National Weather Service office at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport, the outside temperature when the child was left in the car was 76 degrees. It climbed to 83 degrees when the employee spotted the baby strapped to his car seat.

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