8-month-old found dead in car outside Walmart : Police
8-month-old found dead in car outside Walmart : Police

8-month-old found dead in car outside Walmart: Police (Video)

An 8-month-old boy died Wednesday after being left in a car outside an Ohio Walmart.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has since identified the boy as Jayce Markell Benjamin of Garfield Heights. He was pronounced dead around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Macedonia Police Department, a parent or guardian drove the family’s four children to a day care around 8 a.m.

Three of the children got out of the car at the day care, but the 8-month-old was left in a car seat in the third row seat of the SUV.

The driver took the vehicle, a Buick Rendezvous, back to the family’s Garfield Heights home.

At approximately 11 a.m., the grandmother took the vehicle to her job at Walmart on Macedonia Commons Boulevard. The woman reportedly did not look in the back of the vehicle and did not see the baby.

Around 5:30 p.m., the baby’s mother called the grandmother to say the baby did not come home from the day care.

When the grandmother went out to the parking lot to check the vehicle, she found the baby dead.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

A portion of the parking lot was closed Wednesday night while police searched the vehicle. The car was towed shortly after 8 p.m., and the parking lot reopened.

Police say it is too early into the investigation to discuss if any charges will be filed.


“The poor baby couldn’t help itself, and you would’ve thought somebody would’ve seen the baby walking by the car, see a baby in the car seat and reported it,” said Pat Haralson, who was shopping at Walmart Wednesday.


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