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Child dies after being left in family car

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Authorities are continuing to investigate the fatality involving a 2-year-old child who was found dead inside a vehicle in Bristow. 

The family's van is being towed Friday evening.

Prince William Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert says Monday that the case "is still under investigation."

"I have not made any determination on whether to present this case to a grand jury," he says. The next grand jury convenes first Monday in July, exert says he will not have any further comment until then.

The child was found unresponsive in the family’s van Friday afternoon in what appears to be a tragic accident. The boy was strapped into his car seat when his mother discovered him around 4 p.m. in Bristow.

A neighbor was in outside in his yard when the mother found the boy. The man, a retired police officer, said he heard a scream. He then started CPR on the boy, but was unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the mother called 911. Police responded to the scene in the 12000 block of Gentle Shade Drive in Bristow, Va.

While the incident remains under investigations, it appears the boy was left in the car by a tragic accident, police Sgt. Kim Chinn said. The child was reportedly last seen alive at around 9 a.m. this morning, but it is not known who was the last person to see the boy alive. Police also don’t know who left the child strapped in his car seat or why.

Chinn said Monday that the police investigation should wrap up later this week at which time a decision on whether or not to bring charges will be made. Prosecutors and police are talking today, either by phone or in person but no decision is expected today. The medical examiner report is not completed.

The van was loaded onto a tow truck Friday evening, which you can see following a crime scene vehicle in the video below.

 

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