Moraga police confirmed Wednesday that their investigators and Contra Costa County Coroner’s deputies are looking into the death of a 18-month-old child found outside a Hardie Drive home Tuesday.
Police Chief Jon King said his officers were sent to the residence in the unit block of Hardie Drive at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday after dispatchers reported a person screaming and crying in the background of a call for help from that location.
The first officer on the scene discovered the child, who was not breathing, and initiated rescue breathing for the infant before turning life-saving procedures over to Moraga-Orinda Fire paramedics, who arrived on the scene shortly after the officer.
King said the child was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek but was later declared deceased.
The chief said the incident is under investigation by his department and that the Contra Costa County Coroner’s office is working to determine the precise cause of death.
Investigators have determined that the female child was inadvertently left in a vehicle for an extended period of time by a family member. The child was discovered in the vehicle by the family member after several hours. When the child was found, the family member immediately called 9-1-1 for help. The outside temperature at the time officers responded to the scene was approximately 80 degrees, police said.
We’ll have more on this story as information develops.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lieutenant Brian South at 925-888-7052.