MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A 7-month-old child has died after being left in a parked vehicle at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on Redstone Arsenal. Fire and medical personnel arrived on the scene at 4:42 p.m. after receiving a call just moments earlier. Officials are investigating the death.
Early reports indicate the parent intended to drop the child off at the childcare center but went straight to work. The FBI is involved in the investigation, along with Redstone authorities.
According to Jennifer Stanfield with the Marshall Space Flight Center, names are being withheld out of respect for the family and pending the appropriate notifications.
“This is a tragic situation for all of Team Redstone,” said Col. Tom Holliday, Garrison Commander. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and offer them all of our resources during this most difficult time.”
Marshall Director Todd May echoed that sentiment.
“This is a tragic situation and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” said May. “The Marshall community is a family and I know this team will pull together to support one another in this difficult time.”
— Courtney Crown (@CrownJournalist) September 22, 2016