The mom of a toddler who was found dead on the floor of her car says she’s excited to see the shoes she bought online for her daughter.
Bella and her family purchased a pair of baby walking boots for her 11-month-old daughter, Bambi, after her mother told them she’d seen her daughter using them in the parking lot of a shopping center in Virginia.
The mother said she was skeptical, but Bella and her husband decided to go ahead with the purchase because they said the baby walking shoe is comfortable and they thought it would be good for a child in a car seat.
“We wanted to get her to go for a walk with us, so we thought the shoes were a good fit for her,” Bella said of the new pair of walking shoes.
The mother, who did not want to be identified by name because of the ongoing investigation, said she thought the boots were for older children, but when she was given a pair for her 10-month old daughter she was shocked.
“When I opened the package, I was surprised to see a size 14 baby walking boot.
It was very unusual,” she said.
Bells said she and her daughter are happy to have purchased the boots, which are now covered with tape.
The shoes are also made in Canada and the mother plans to ship them back to Virginia, which is now investigating the death of her daughter.
“We’re really glad she’s going to be ok.
We have no idea what happened to her, but we’re just really happy that she’s getting the boots and that she’ll be able to go with us on our journey,” she added.
The Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed Monday that it is investigating the mother’s death and is looking into whether there was foul play.
In a statement, the department said it is working with local officials, including the coroner’s office, to determine what led to the death.
“It is our policy to notify the parents of all cases that involve a child,” the department stated.
“When parents report a child with a suspected or confirmed case of heat exhaustion, they are encouraged to contact us immediately.”