Devon A. Fenner, 25, of 48 Milburn Ave., was arraigned Aug. 21 at First District Court in Hempstead on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.
Police said Fenner told detectives that he “forgot” to remove his 7-month-old son, Dominick, from inside his 2003 Toyota when he returned home just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday. He was returning home from dropping off his two other children – ages 7 and 8 – at a local daycare facility.
More than 30 minutes later, the father realized that the young child was left unattended in his car seat.
In a news release, police said officers from the Hempstead Village Police Department and emergency medical crews received a 911 call from Fenner “stating that the baby was not breathing,” a news release said. When rescue crews arrived, they found the child unconscious and unresponsive.
Insp. Kenneth Lack, a Nassau Police spokesman, said one of the windows in the car was slightly cracked, but investigators said the temperature in the car likely exceeded 100 degrees. They believe the baby died of heat exposure and an autopsy will now be conducted to determine the young tot’s cause of death.
The emergency workers started CPR and rushed the infant to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre. The young child was pronounced dead at 2:27 p.m. by a staff physician at the hospital, police said.
Cops did not say what Fenner was doing in his house for the 30 minutes before calling 911.
“He was found to be in a small possession of marijuana,” Lack said. “Whether he was under the influence is still under investigation. Lack said the evidence of Fenner’s drug possession has already been presented to a grand jury.
Fenner would not speak with reporters as he was led by homicide detectives to a waiting police vehicle at Nassau Police headquarters on Wednesday. Family members who came to support him at arraignment also declined comment.
Police said Fenner has six prior arrests for weapons and drug charges. He remains jailed on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond and is due back in court next week.