3-year-old found dead inside car

Temperature inside vehicle was measured at 169 degrees

By News Sentinel staff
May 30, 2006

Knox County authorities are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy found dead Sunday afternoon in a sweltering car in a North Knox County driveway.

The temperature inside the car at the time measured 169 degrees, Martha Dooley, spokeswoman for the Knox County Sheriff's Office, said Monday.

Dooley said the names of the parents and the boy were unavailable Monday. Officers are continuing to investigate the boy's death, and they anticipate results from an autopsy today.

The child's parents put him down about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and they went to bed themselves about 3 a.m., she said.

Some time afterward, the toddler is believed to have wandered out of the home on Ashford Glen Drive off East Beaver Creek Drive, Dooley said.

Dooley said the boy's parents told authorities they realized he was missing about 1:45 p.m. Sunday when neighbors came over for a pool party. The parents and neighbors began looking for the child and canvassed the neighborhood.

A short time later, they found the boy's body inside a car in the family's driveway.

He apparently had taken a magic marker with him and had marked the inside of the car, Dooley said.