Police in Burleson, Texas, reported that a toddler died on Saturday after being stranded in a hot car for as long as five hours.
Emergency services rushed to the aid of one-year-old Kingston Jackson, finding the young boy unconscious when paramedics reached him.
Suspected to be a tragic accident, Jackson’s death may have been a case of miscommunication between his parents. Burleson Police Sgt. Jae Berg, speaking with the city’s local Fox affiliate, said, “One family member thought the other family member was taking the child out of the vehicle. When they got back in the vehicle and went home, they discovered the child was still in the vehicle.”
According to Berg, Jackson’s parents were “quite hysterical, as you can imagine.” The Burleson area reached a height of 82 degrees on Friday, though Berg suggests that such temperatures can still inflict a fatal in-car climate.
“Even if it’s 60, 70, 80 degrees outside … doesn’t mean the interior of the vehicle can’t get into well over 100 degrees,” Berg warned.
A neighbor at the apartment building shared by Jackson’s family, Brittany Ernst, said, “He was just a normal little boy. He was so tiny and cute and adorable.”
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