WEST HAVEN, CT (WCMH) - Police in Connecticut are investigating after a 4-year-old boy died and his 2-year-old brother was rescued from a hot car.
According to WFSB, Dusan Jenkins, 4, and his brother Davion Jenkins, 2, were found in their family’s car Thursday afternoon. The car was parked right in front of their apartment, and when their father found them, he immediately removed them from the car and called 911.
The brothers were taken to the hospital where Dusan passed away. Davion is still in the hospital, and while he is expected to recover, he may have lasting kidney or brain damage.
Police told WFSB they don’t know how long the children were in the car with the windows rolled up, but it appears the boys were not left inside by their parents. They are working to review surveillance footage from the apartment to see how the children ended up in the car.
“Police have obtained video footage from the apartment complex, which includes footage of the two Jenkins boys,” Sgt. Charles Young with the West Haven Police Department said. “I imagine at some point it will be released, but right now it is an active investigation and it’s considered evidence.”
According to Kids and Cars, a group that advocates for injury control and child safety, says there have been 27 confirmed hot car deaths in 2018 alone. In 2017, there were 43 confirmed hot car deaths.