11-Month-Old Baby Forgotten Inside Car Dies

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The death of a baby girl who was forgotten in a vehicle for hours sent shock waves through the Territory this week, and was also the subject discussion among Ministers of Government on Wednesday as it relates to prevent another incident of this nature in the future.

The 11-month-old baby was reportedly pronounced dead at 5:30p.m on Monday afternoon when her body was found in her father’s vehicle outside the Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II.

On Tuesday the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force reported that the child’s cause of death is still to be ascertained. It was stated that Police and Peebles Hospital personnel were called to the scene where the infant was met unresponsive. Her father was at the scene at the time.

Investigations are ongoing in the matter, but in the meanwhile the father was taken into police custody.

On Wednesday during his sit down with the media Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith expressed condolences to the parents and the relatives of the baby and described the incident as unfortunate.

Hon. Smith noted that prevention of a repeat of such a matter is paramount. “We have heard about this kind of incidents…but this is the first time I have heard about it in the BVI and so we have to look and see what we can do to assist in this area. There are many things right now for example like having some sort of an alarm signal put in place by the parents to be able to remind them about the fact that their child is in the vehicle…”

“We had this discussion this morning with my colleagues the Ministers of Education, Health, Natural Resources, Communication and Works about things which are possible and to try to come up with some advice. We are also working with members of the public service who also have advice,” the Premier added.

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