Man Charged in Sudden Death of Child in Burlington


A man is facing charges after a child died suddenly in a hot vehicle.

Halton police say that, following an investigation into the sudden death of a young toddler in Burlington, officers have laid charges against the father.

Police say that just after 5:30pm on Wednesday, May 23, police and paramedics responded to a call for an unresponsive child in a vehicle. The vehicle was located in a parking lot of a building at 1295 North Service Road.

Despite lifesaving measures attempted by first responders, the child was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A post mortem determined the cause of death to be hyperthermia, which police say occurred because the victim had been left in a vehicle and exposed to high temperatures for an extended period of time.  

Police say 36-year-old Burlington man Shaun Pennell has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life.

The accused was released on a promise to appear.

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 27.

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