CARSON (CBSLA.com) — New details have emerged Tuesday in the death of a 5-month-old boy who was found dead inside his family’s SUV in Carson.
Detectives responded to the residence in the 19000 block of Cliveden Avenue just after 2 p.m. Monday.
The boy’s father, 50-year-old Michael Cayton, had called officials after realizing the child had been left in the car.
“We do have some information about how long that child may have been in there, but until we conclude our investigation it’s not fair to put the actual timeline on this,” Det. Eduardo Aguirre said.
According to witness accounts, the baby could have been in the Chevy Tahoe for about seven hours.
Cayton told detectives he had taken his six children to a daycare center around 8 a.m. before returning home, switching cars and heading to work somewhere at the Port of Los Angeles where he is believed to be a security guard. It was unclear how the child was left in the car.
Temperatures in Carson reached a high of 77 degrees Monday, and authorities say the temperature inside the vehicle was even higher. The 5-month-old was found wrapped up in a blanket and strapped to a carseat. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A pending autopsy will determine the cause of death.
No arrests have been made.
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