A Canadian toddler died in a hot vehicle on a day when temperatures climbed into the 80s, police say. The 3-year-old boy was found in an SUV in Burlington, Ontario, outside a building that houses the studios of broadcaster Crossroads Christian Communications, Global News reports. Police say the boy was left inside the Ford Escape for several hours. A police spokesman says they were called to the building at around 5:30pm Wednesday by a "hysterical" man who told them the child didn't have any vital signs. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.
Police said Thursday that an autopsy had confirmed that the boy died of hyperthermia after being exposed to high temperatures for an "extended period of time," the Toronto Star reports. No charges have been filed but the investigation is ongoing, police say. "This is an inconceivable tragedy and right now we are focusing on the community and healing," says Sgt. Dana Nicholas. Jack Vanderkooy of Crossroads, which produces long-running Christian talk show 100 Huntley Street, tells the CBC that the boy's family are tenants in the building but not part of the ministry. "Our focus is to support the family and their loved ones," he says. "Not to condemn them, not to judge, just to show God's love to them through us."