Published On: Fri, Jun 10th, 2016

New York police officer Mark Fanfarillo leaves baby, Michael Fanfarillo in car, found dead hours later

A four-month old baby was found dead in his father’s car. The news is more shocking as Rome, New York police officer Mark Fanfarillo has been identified as the father and is being investigated by Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the county District Attorney’s Office.

Oneida County sheriff’s deputies said the baby was left in his father’s vehicle for a long time. About 4:40 p.m. Monday, deputies said the baby, Michael, was found unresponsive in his father’s vehicle at about 4:40 p.m. Monday, deputies said.

The child was taken by ambulance to Rome City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Michael Fanfarillo

Michael Fanfarillo

“Why he left the baby in there, that’s all part of the investigation. But, yes, he was the one responsible for the baby at the time there and he left the child in there for an extended period of time,” Oneida County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Jon Owens told NBC affiliate WKTV.

Fanfarillo is a 10-year veteran of the Rome Police Department

Temperatures in Oneida County hovered around 80 degrees on Monday but officials said it was too early to attribute Michael’s death to heatstroke as the Onondaga County Medical Examiner has already scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

“An average of 37 children die from heatstroke every year in the United States after being left unattended in cars, according to researchers at San Jose State University,” noted the NY Daily News.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says (PDF) heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all non-crash-related deaths involving children 14 and younger, at 61 percent. Almost a third of those are under the age of 1.


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