Boy, 3, dies in hot car parked outside Miami area Lubavitch Jewish center
Both parents of toddler are staff members at South Florida preschool where he was found unresponsive in parking lot
MIAMI GARDENS, Florida — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said Monday.
The child was one of several children from the same family who attend Lubavitch Educational Center in Miami Gardens, the Miami Herald reported.
Temperatures outside were in the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The unresponsive child was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The boy’s father was being interviewed by police late Monday, the Herald reported.
The father had driven the child to the center in the car, according to the report.
A source told the newspaper that it was only at around 3 p.m. in the afternoon when someone mentioned to the father that the boy had not been seen all day that tragedy was discovered.
“This tragedy hits close to home, and many in our school community have been affected by it. No words can capture the heartbreak and sadness we feel,” Rabbi Benzion Korf, the center’s dean, said in a short statement issued late Monday.
Korf said a therapist and grief counselor would be available for staff and students at the center on Tuesday.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.