Bancroft, Ont., toddler dies after being forgotten in hot car: mayor

WATCH ABOVE: Paul Jenkins, the Mayor of Bancroft, told Global News the deceased child was part of a family he had known personally for 30 years.

Police are investigating after a 23-month-old child was found without vital signs in a Bancroft, Ont., car.

In a press release, Ontario Provincial Police Bancroft detachment said officers were called to a parking lot on Monck Road around 3:45 p.m. on June 23.

Police found a child without vital signs. Paramedics transported the toddler to hospital and, shortly after, they were pronounced dead, police said.

Paul Jenkins, the Mayor of Bancroft, told Global News the deceased child was part of a family he had known for 30 years.

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He said 23-month-old Everett Smith died last Thursday despite several attempts to resuscitate him.

Jenkins said the mother meant to drop Everett off at daycare in the morning but accidentally left him in the car while she went to work at North Hastings High School.

A post mortem will be conducted so police can determine the cause of death.

A 2019 study found six children died unattended in hot cars between 2013 and 2018 in Canada.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children, said it was the first to document those deaths in the country.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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