Boy dies after being found in hot car in Burleson

BURLESON — A five-year-old boy died after being found in a hot car in Burleson on Sunday afternoon.

A MedStar spokesman said Zachary Elshaarawi was discovered just before 2 p.m. and was rushed to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth in critical condition. Zachary died in the hospital's emergency room, his father said.

His father said Zachary, who has Autism, wandered out of the family's house and into the unlocked vehicle where he was later found.


UPDATE: Child found in hot car in Burleson dies

A 5-year-old Burleson boy was rushed to the hospital after he was found in a hot car. He later passed away at the hospital.

Burleson police and fire reported the missing child in the 2700 block of Lakeside Drive about 1:30 p.m.

The caller told police that the autistic boy had been missing for about 15 minutes. A woman, who identified herself as the child’s grandmother, told officers that several people had checked the home.

Burleson officers checked the home, a nearby lake and the area around Texas 174. Burleson firefighters responded shortly before 1:30 p.m. Police officers and firefighters did a sweep of the surrounding area.

More than 12 citizens were also on foot and in golf carts searching for the missing child. A police sergeant searched cars in the driveway and cars on the street.

The child was found in the back seat, on the passenger side, of a vehicle parked on the street, between the child’s home and the neighbor’s home. The sergeant removed the child, who was unconscious, from the vehicle. Firefighters tried to cool the child and started CPR.

MedStar ambulance transported the child to Cooks Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth at 2:05 p.m. The temperature was about 100 degrees at the time of the search.