FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Authorities are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who was left unattended in vehicle in Somerset County Tuesday, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.
On August 30, at around 2:21 p.m., police responded to a call via Fire radio of a child in cardiac arrest at a residence on Summerall Road in Franklin Township, McDonald said.
Upon arrival, responding officers observed a neighbor who is a member of a local fire department administering CPR on the unresponsive child. Officers assisted in life saving measures until multiple Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ALS and BLS medical units arrived on scene and took over the life saving measures of the child, McDonald said.
The child was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death, McDonald said.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department responded to conduct an investigation.
Authorities have stated that results of the preliminary investigation have determined that the 2-year-old child had been left unattended in a vehicle, McDonald said.
“Further investigation is on-going to determine the exact length of time the child was in the vehicle, and the circumstances surrounding the events leading to this incident,” McDonald said.
Anyone with information relating to the child fatality to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.