A 22-month-old boy has been found dead inside a dual-cab ute by a relative outside a central Victorian home, which neighbours say is operated as a daycare centre.
A family member made the discovery in what Victoria Police Inspector Ryan Irwin said was a “tragic set of circumstances”.
Emergency services were called to the property in Acacia Drive in the town of Kyneton at about 3pm.
“Paramedics were called and obviously there were attempts to try and revive the child,” Insp Irwin said.
“(The family are) devastated, absolutely devastated and we’re still trying to track some family members down to actually notify them.”
The Police Homicide Squad has been called in to conduct an investigation.
“Particularly for a death of this nature it is standard procedure for the homicide squad to have some oversight and that’s exactly why they’re attending,” Insp Ryan said.
Insp Irwin could not confirm if a window in the ute had been broken to gain access and also refused to say how long the child had been in the vehicle, on a day when temperatures hovered around 30 degrees.
“There’s been some incidents that have received media attention recently and I think everyone’s aware of the dangers associated with that,” he said.
“It’s not an overly hot day but it is a warm day and of course that’s something that is feeding into our enquiries.”
Paramedics in Victoria were called to more than 200 cases of children locked in cars in the first five weeks of the year.
Last year more than 1,100 children were rescued from inside locked cars by paramedics.