Vestavia Hills infant death under investigation after child found in car

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) —  UPDATE MONDAY APRIL 10: The Jefferson County Coroner has identified the child as 1-year-old Christian Evan Sanders.

ORIGINAL: Vestavia Hills Police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old child, who was reportedly left in a vehicle Friday.

Investigators said they received a call about a child who had been left in a truck shortly after 4:30. Upon arrival, the child’s father had the little boy, police said.

With help of a police escort, the child was rushed to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

The truck was parked at an office building in the 2000 block of Columbiana Rd. It’s unclear how long the child was in the vehicle, or if heat played a role in his death.

Police could not say who called 911, and said they were in the very early stages of the investigation.

Vestavia Hills Police said investigators will get with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office to determine the next step in the case.

“When you’re dealing with children, it makes it very difficult. I’m a father. Many of our officers are parents, but again, our hearts go out to the family, and absolutely it makes it hard,” said Captain Brian Gilham, with Vestavia Hills Police.

Police will wait for the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.

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