Parents Arrested for Death of Child in Hot Car
10-month-old left in hot car on Saturday

HICKORY COUNTY, Mo. – The parents of a 10-month-old child who died when he was left unattended in a closed automobile on Saturday have been charged and arrested in connection with the death.

David and Brandi Abel of Nemo are each charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of the boy, according to Hickory County Sheriff’s Officer investigator Barry Walker.

The child was reportedly left unattended in the auto at the family’s home after the Abel returned Saturday from a trip to swim in a nearby lake, he said. Walker was uncertain how long the child was in the car, but he said the father estimated the time at an hour to an hour and a half.

The call came in to the sheriff’s department between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The outside air temperature Saturday afternoon in the Nemo area was in the low 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

Further details on the death and investigation are expected later today, he said. OzarksFirst will post that information as soon as it becomes available