A New York police officer was on paid administrative leave Tuesday as authorities investigate the death of his 4-month-old son, whose body was found in the officer's car on a warm spring day.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office said Michael Fanfarillo, the son of 10-year-veteran Rome Patrol Officer Mark A. Fanfarillo, was found unresponsive in his father's car Monday afternoon outside the family's home in the town of Western. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital, and an autopsy is pending, the sheriff's office said.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Jon Owens told NBC station WKTV of Utica that it's too early in the investigation to attribute Michael's death to the heat. Temperatures in Oneida County approached 80 degrees Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Owens said investigators would confer with the district attorney's office to consider whether any charges might be appropriate.
"Why he left the baby in there, that's all part of the investigation," Owens said. "But, yes, he was the one responsible for the baby at the time there, and he left the child in there for an extended period of time."