Second infant found unresponsive in Chesterfield vehicle dies

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities say the second of the two infants found unresponsive in a Chesterfield vehicle Thursday afternoon has died.

At around 2:30 p.m., police responded to reports of two children found unresponsive in a vehicle at Bellwood Maisonettes. Fire & EMS also responded and took the children to Chippenham Medical Center. 

One of the children, age 6 months old, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other child, also 6 months old, is said to be in critical condition.

WAVY sister station WRIC 8News spoke with neighbors who know the family. 

Donna Gusti, who works with the mother and father at Waffle House, said it was an honest mistake. 

“It’s tragic what happened and I don’t even know how to help them with their pain,” Gusti said. “It was certainly not an intentional, negligent act.”

Neighbors said the family moved from South Carolina about 10 months ago. 

They said the parents would go out of their way for anyone, especially their children. 

“They go to work, they come home to their kids, they’re not any trouble, they’re awesome,” one neighbor said. 

Gusti said the parents worked opposite schedules and tried finding a decent balance. 

“One of them is always home with the kids, yes..so they’re working on their schedules,” Gusti said. 

Neighbors said the parents also have a five year old and 15-year-old. 

Police continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app. 

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