Two babies die in tragedies

Source: Bendigo Advertiser

A baby has died after being left in a car, while another baby died after being run over in a driveway in Victoria yesterday.

A six-month-old Bendigo baby was taken by paramedics from a late-model Commodore about 7.30pm last night after they received a 000 call. 

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the girl for five to 10 minutes before transferring her to Bendigo Hospital, where she died shortly after. 

A police spokesperson said the incident would be investigated and that no more details would be released. 

Several people surrounding the home were visibly distressed as police spoke to those nearby. 

About the same time, a one-year-old girl was run over by a truck in the driveway of a home in Saunders Road, Gisborne, and died at the scene. 

Police will prepare a report for the coroner. 

The Bendigo incident happened a day after Ambulance Victoria warned parents not to leave children in cars, with paramedics responding to more than 900 cases over 12 months. 

Group manager Brett Drummond on Monday said leaving a child in a car could prove deadly.

“Babies and young children can’t regulate their body temperature like adults can, so being left in a hot car can quickly become life-threatening,” he said.

“Tests by Ambulance Victoria found even on a 29 degree day the inside of a car can heat up to 44 degrees within 10 minutes and reach 60 degrees within 20 minutes. This can be catastrophic and unfortunately in the past there have been cases of children dying in hot cars.” 

Figures from the Bureau of Meteorology show the temperature sat about 30 degrees at the time the baby was pulled from the car. 

Five police cars and three ambulances attended the scene, with police arriving about 10 minutes before paramedics. 

The street was cordoned off and police appeared to console several people nearby.

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