Two babies die in tragedies at Bendigo, Gisborne

A BABY has died after being left in a car in Bendigo, and another baby has died after being run over in a Gisborne driveway. 

Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the Bendigo baby's death.

A 27-year-old Golden Square woman was interviewed overnight and has been released without charge.

"The investigation into the death of a baby girl in Golden Square last night remains ongoing by the homicide squad," a police spokeswoman said.

"As it is an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further.

"We understand the media interest surrounding the death but we ask all media outlets to respect the family's privacy during this difficult time." 

The six-month-old baby was taken by paramedics from a late-model Commodore in Thistle Street about 7.30pm last night after they received a 000 call. 

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the girl for five to 10 minutes before transferring her to Bendigo Hospital, where she died shortly after. 

A police spokesperson said the incident would be investigated and that no more details would be released. 

Several people surrounding the home were visibly distressed as police spoke to those nearby. 

About the same time, a one-year-old girl was run over by a truck in the driveway of a home in Saunders Road, Gisborne, and died at the scene. 

Police will prepare a report for the coroner. 

The Bendigo incident happened a day after Ambulance Victoria warned parents not to leave children in cars, with paramedics responding to more than 900 cases over 12 months. 

Group manager Brett Drummond on Monday said leaving a child in a car could prove deadly.

“Babies and young children can’t regulate their body temperature like adults can, so being left in a hot car can quickly become life-threatening,” he said.

“Tests by Ambulance Victoria found even on a 29 degree day the inside of a car can heat up to 44 degrees within 10 minutes and reach 60 degrees within 20 minutes. This can be catastrophic and unfortunately in the past there have been cases of children dying in hot cars.” 

Figures from the Bureau of Meteorology show the temperature sat about 30 degrees at the time the baby was pulled from the car. 

Five police cars and three ambulances attended the scene, with police arriving about 10 minutes before paramedics. 

The street was cordoned off and police appeared to console several people nearby.

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