One-Year-Old Lubbock Boy Dies After Being Left Inside A Car - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/3/05

One-Year-Old Lubbock Boy Dies After Being Left Inside A Car

Wednesday, August 3rd's high temperature was 93 degrees. It wasn't a record high, but it was enough to kill a Lubbock boy. Police say Joseph Duemer was left in his mother's SUV all day. It was outside the Madison's Place Daycare, located in the 5200 block of 13th street, that the mother realized she never took her son inside. That was around six o'clock in the afternoon. Police are still investigating how long the child was alone in the car.

Just after the discovery, police took Joseph's mother to the police department for questioning. Police believe he was never at the daycare. Police say she went to Madison's to pick up her son, she then realized he wasn't inside when employees said no one dropped him off.

They're trying to find out what took place Wednesday morning that would lead the mother to believe the one-year-old was there. As of Wednesday night, Duemer's mother was the main suspect. Police will also question other family members and daycare employees.

Duemer's mother works just across the street at a doctor's office. One of her co-workers used to work at the daycare, she tells NewsChannel 11 this must've been an accident because their mother loved Joseph and her other son, believed to be five or six, too much to hurt them on purpose.

Tasha Carrillo said, "They just had family pictures taken a couple weeks ago and she just showed me those and she showed them to all the patients at work and to all her co-workers and everything. She was just so in love with both and it's so hard to believe this could happen."

Joseph just turned one on July 15th. Police aren't releasing the names of his parents until they conduct further investigations.

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