Baby pulled from hot car in Kingsland died of hyperthermia

Good Samaritan says he tried to revive baby, but felt it was too late

KINGSLAND, Ga. – A 7-month-old infant who died Tuesday afternoon after being pulled from a car at the Quality Inn Motel in Kingsland died of hyperthermia,according to the Camden County coroner's office.

Kingsland police confirm they were called to the hotel just off Interstate 95 at 2 p.m. to investigate an infant not breathing. 

A guest at the hotel told News4Jax he heard a woman screaming that her baby needed help, came out of his room and bolted downstairs.

"When I got over there, she was laying on top, like on top of the baby, hugging and crying hysterically," said the man, who did not want his name used. "He had blood coming out of his nose, so I thought maybe he had hit his head or something. Once I started doing infant CPR (and) I felt how hot he was."

He said the child had no pulse and he felt it was too late. Police said when they arrived the child was dead.

Police had the car towed from the scene pending further investigation.

Late Tuesday afternoon, police released a statement saying the baby's name and cause of death would be released when the investigation was complete.

"We are attempting to handle the investigation with the utmost sensitivity and care out of respect for the family as possible to ensure the integrity of our investigation," Inspector Donald Belcher wrote in a news release. "Dealing with an infant death is hard enough without added stress from publicity."

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