July 8, 2011

Boy dead after being left in hot car
By Andrew Knittle
The Norman Transcript The Norman Transcript Fri Jul 08, 2011, 05:18 PM CDT

NORMAN

A 3-year-old boy died Friday after he was left inside a vehicle in the Sonoma Park housing addition in East Norman.

The names of the child and his parents or guardians were not released on Friday.

Norman police Capt. Tom Easley said officers were called to 1400 Forest Glenn Circle at 2:20 p.m. Friday on a missing child call. He said officers searching the area found the boy inside a car at the same address about 20 minutes later, at which point he was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

Easley said he wasnt sure how long the boy had been left in the car, but added that it doesnt take long when its that hot outside.

Daryl Williams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said temperature readings at Max Westheimer Airport, three miles to the east of where the boy was found, were around 99 degrees at the time the boy was discovered in the car.

An investigation into the boys death is ongoing, Easley said, and charges could be brought against those responsible for the child at the time.

We will look at all possibilities but we will not jump to any conclusions until a thorough investigation is complete, he said.

Easley said this is the first such death reported in Norman this year.