Details emerge in boy's death


Associated Press
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) A five-year-old boy who was found nearly unconscious in the trunk of a car at Aberdeen and later died Friday has been identified as A-J Droppers.

His mother told authorities that she noticed a door ajar on her car and then saw that the trunk wasn't completely shut.

Wendy Droppers says she used her key to open it and found her son inside.

She says his lips were blue and he was pale.

The boy's mother called nine-one-one, and he was rushed to the hospital but could not be revived.

An autopsy was done yesterday, but the results haven't been released yet.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM ABERDEEN PD (8/20/07)

On July 20, 2007 Officers of the Aberdeen Police Department and Paramedics of the Aberdeen Fire Department responded to an address on the southwest side of Aberdeen in reference to a child in distress. Through an investigation by the Aberdeen Police Department, an autopsy and a toxicology examination, it has been determined that the victim died as a result of hyperthermia from being locked in the trunk of a vehicle. It has been determined that the trunk accidentally shut while the child was playing in the back of the car.