*Police in Houston report that a 3-year-old boy went out of the front door of his home, opened the front door of the blue VW Passat that sat in the front yard, and climbed into the back seat.
No one knew he was there until it was too late.
Children getting accidentally left behind in hot cars are a growing danger. We’ve read the horrible stories about busy parents rushing around and forgetting the child in the car. A hospital CEO was rushing around to meetings and forgot her 7-month old child in the car. A Ridgefield, CT mother is living with guilt after her 15-month-old daughter was found dead in a hot car.
But this story is a bit different, though just as fatal.
Little Evan Trapolino was trapped in the car because the childproof lock was on and he couldn’t get out. After the child was discovered, family members called 911 and tried CPR.
Neighbor Marlene Gonzales told the media, “I just seen when they were bringing the baby outside in the bed of the ambulance.”
Evan was taken to LBJ Hospital, but pronounced dead soon after. Houston police say his family believes he may have gone into the car to get a toy. The family noticed he was missing after about 30 to 45 minutes.
Its hard to believe this sad story could get any sadder. But it doesn’t stop there.
Robenia Brooks, who has known the child’s mother since she was a toddler, told Eyewitness News his mom recently found out she had stage four breast cancer.
“You’re fighting death, and then your child dies too? Man that’s hard,” she says.
Brooks says she hopes the people who see what happened to little Evan take a step back before they judge: “This is a whole lot for the family, and no one should judge them until they know them. They’re some good people.”