COLONIE, N.Y. - Colonie police say a 1-year-old baby was left in a car for nearly eight hours in the bitter cold Thursday.
According to police, it appears the father of the child forgot to drop off the child and went to work, leaving the boy in the car for the entire day while the outside temperatures never broke 12 degrees.
Investigators say the father of the baby called an ambulance just after 4 p.m. Thursday when he realized his son was still strapped in the back seat of the car, which was parked in an office lot on Morris Avenue in Colonie.
"It is hard to believe that a one-year-old exposed to such low degree temps for eight hours was really exposed to that," said Pediatrician Jim Saperstone, who said the car must have been extremely warm to begin with and the baby extremely bundled up.
"In general, they aren't prone to resisting extreme temps because they are little. Their bodies don't have the mechanism to shiver and create heat," he said.
Investigators say the baby didn't show signs of hypothermia and had a core temperature of 98.6 degrees, but was still immediately sent to the hospital and released just a couple hours later.
Saperstone says in extreme temperatures, it is better to be stuck in the cold than in the heat.
"It does slow down your body and your body becomes more resistant to the lack of blood flow because everything slows down, so the metabolism isn't as needy as you are when warm," said Saperstone.
As of Thursday evening, the Colonie Police Department had not charged the baby's father.
Child Protective Services and the Albany County District Attorney's Office have been notified and are assisting in this investigation.
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