LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP)  An investigation into the death of a 13-month-old suburban Kansas City boy who was left in a hot car for hours is expected to take several weeks, but it appears to have been a tragic accident, police said Friday.

The baby was not breathing when his mother discovered him in her car around 4:30 p.m. Thursday as she drove home from work. She called for help and was trying to revive the boy when emergency responders arrived, but her efforts and those of paramedics were unsuccessful.

The Jackson County medical examiner’s office was assisting Lee’s Summit investigators on Friday in trying to determine the cause of death, although police said there were no signs of foul play.

Police said the mother  who has not been publicly identified  thought she had dropped him off at day care on her way to work as a teacher at Cedar Creek Elementary School in Lee’s Summit.

Thursday’s temperatures in the Kansas City area reached the low 80s and would have been higher inside the vehicle, authorities said.

At Cedar Creek Elementary, a substitute teacher filled in for the mother Friday and administrators sent a letter home with students about the death.

“Sharing this heartbreaking news and leading our school family toward a healthy acceptance of this tragic event are tasks that lay ahead of us,” the letter said.

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