Child in critical condition after being left in car - FOX 13 News

Child in critical condition after being left in car

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A 2-year-old is in critical condition after being left alone in a car on 127th Avenue East in Tampa.

The child was left strapped in alone for hours.

Detectives say his parents got confused over who was supposed to take him out of the car seat.

"They're good parents. That's why I don't understand what the heck went on," said Sharon Scruggs.

Scruggs saw the heat of the moment when the father of little Jodiel discovered his youngest child left alone in this blue SUV for eight hours.

"The baby was laying back, eyes open, but he wasn't responding and his father was giving him CPR," she said.

Detectives say the parents, Alexander Rosario and Amy Lopez-Alvarez, had gotten in from visiting relatives around 4 a.m. 

A family friend says they fell asleep inside the home, only discovering the child stayed strapped in a safety seat until noon.

"When they say baby in the car, I said that can't be Amy because Amy is very protective of her children," Scruggs said.

Jodiel is being treated at Florida Hospital. The damage from heat can be dangerous to a small child quickly.

"Just think of your child when they have a high fever.  They get lethargic," FOX 13 Medical Reporter Dr. Joette Giovinco said.  "They don't want to play. They get listless. It's the something that happens in your car as the temperature rises.  Eventually their origins begin to fail. Their kidneys shut down, and they die."

The couple has three other children.

They are staying with a neighbor while Jodiel is in critical care.  The sheriff's office is investigating this case.  Dispatchers were called to the scene when the child's parents dialed 911.

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