Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Baby left in SUV for hours still in critical condition

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TAMPA — A 1-year-old boy discovered forgotten in a sport utility vehicle for eight hours remained in critical condition Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families confirmed it has opened an investigation into the incident.

Strapped in his car seat, Jadiel Rosario was left Tuesday in the SUV by his parents, Alexander Rosario and Douceaymee Lopez-Alvarez, both 26, after the family arrived at their apartment on E 127th Avenue near Tampa.

The family, which also has three children ages 8, 7, and 3, had come home about 4 a.m. from visiting relatives, according to the Sheriff's Office. The parents took their three daughters inside.

But Alexander Rosario thought Lopez-Alvarez brought their son in, too. Lopez-Alvarez thought Rosario had, the Sheriff's Office said. Neither had.

The couple discovered the toddler in the hot SUV around noon.

A neighbor on Tuesday told the Tampa Bay Times she had seen Jadiel immediately afterward, and that he seemed unresponsive.

The baby was taken to Florida Hospital Tampa, where he remained Wednesday.

DCF spokeswoman Terri Durdaller said Wednesday that this is the first time the agency is investigating the family.

The investigation will look into the welfare of all of the children taken care of by the parents.

"We look at all of the people who touched this child's life," she said.

A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Wednesday the agency is also continuing its investigation.

No one answered the door to a reporter seeking comment at the couple's home Wednesday.

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