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Five-Month-Old Baby Found Dead After Being Left In Car

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Authorities are looking into the death of a five-month-old baby who was apparently left in a car accidentally in Carson.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the baby was found by officials at approximately 3:19 p.m. yesterday on the 19000 block of Cliveden Avenue in the driveway of a Carson home. City News Service reports that the rear window of the vehicle had been broken out, possibly in an attempt to rescue the baby, but that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The child's parents were being sequestered for questioning, but officials at this point don't believe that any foul play was involved.

Lt. Dave Coleman of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau told reporters that, "Unless something very glaring comes out during the course of the investigation ... it seems to be just a very very tragic incident."

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While it's uncommon and incomprehensibly tragic, leaving babies in cars accidentally is a horrific mistake that even otherwise good parents can make. According to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story about how it happens, "An otherwise loving and attentive parent one day gets busy, or distracted, or upset, or confused by a change in his or her daily routine, and just... forgets a child is in the car."

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