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Child of Petersburg Police officers found in hot car


The 19-month-old child of two Petersburg Police officers is recovering in the hospital after being found unattended in a vehicle, according to Dinwiddie County Sheriffs.

The boy was in stable condition at VCU Medical Center Thursday morning, authorities said.

Officers were called to the 27000 block of Lilly Pond Lane in eastern Dinwiddie County at 3:24 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an unattended child in the car. By the time they arrived the child's father had taken him to Southside Regional Medical Center.

"The child was examined at Southside Regional and transported to VCU Medical Center in Richmond for further tests and treatment," said Major William Knott with the Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say, the only people at the home were the father of the 19-month-old and a 4-year-old. During the time of the incident the temperature was in the mid-90's.

"Anybody left in a vehicle especially when the A.C. isn't running and they're unattended in the vehicle it becomes a dangerous situation ," Knott added.

Neighbor, Greg Nodler says he's familiar with the family.

"I didn't know it was the police officer. How many times has he run into that situation doing his job. I would think he'd be more responsible," said Nodler.

Investigators say, the family is working with deputies to get some key questions answered.

"We're looking into how the child got into the vehicle and how long he'd been in the vehicle -- those are the main things we're looking at," Knott explained.

So far no charges have been filed, but Dinwiddie Sheriffs, Child Protective Services and the Department of Social Services are still investigating.

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