A 9-year-old boy with disabilities died after getting locked in a hot car for two hours.
The tragic incident took place in American Fork, Utah, where a lifeless child, who was not named, was found in a car parked outside Roost Services.
As KFOX 14 reported, Lt. Jason Christensen has since confirmed that the disabled boy was brought to Roost Services car park by one of the employees at 11:30 am. He was found dead in the same car approximately two hours later.
As of this writing, it is not clear why the child remained in the parked car for two hours and why all of the windows were rolled up despite high temperatures outside.
“Temperatures at that time here outside were in the high 90s, 97, 98, and so you can imagine the temperatures in the vehicle are going to be well, well above 100,” Christensen confirmed.
“It sounds as if he was picked up and brought here by a staff member. Somehow there was multiple individuals who were brought here by that staff member.”
The investigation remains ongoing and it is not yet clear whether the caregiver responsible for looking after the 9-year-old will face criminal charges.
“That’s part of what we’re trying to figure out is how and why he was still in the vehicle, we’re not completely certain on that. The vehicle was turned off, all the windows were rolled up and all the doors were closed,” the police lieutenant said in an interview with KUTV.
According to Christensen, “everybody involved is taking this very hard” and Roost Services remains cooperative with the investigation.
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