Sheriff: Kansas toddler who died from heat was found in car

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UPDATE (KSNW) — The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about the two-year-old boy who died from heat Tuesday.

In a news release, Sheriff David Falletti says the incident happened in southern Cowley County. Investigators say the mother put the child down for a nap. The sheriff says the boy woke up, unlocked the home’s front door, and got into the family vehicle.

Investigators say the mother found her son unconscious and unresponsive. Life-saving steps were taken, and he was transported to a hospital, but it was too late to save him.

According to the sheriff’s office, a preliminary finding at autopsy determined the toddler died due to extreme heat exposure.

The sheriff says the investigation is over. He says this is a tragic death for the community and his prayers and condolences go out to the family.


COWLEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office said a 2-year-old child likely died due to heat.

On Tuesday, at approximately 6:07 p.m., medical personnel and Cowley County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a rural home in the southern part of the county.

The sheriff’s office said early indications show the child died due to heat. Officials have not released details of how the child or where the child was found.

The sheriff’s office said it is under investigation, and it appears there is no foul play involved.

Most of Kansas has been under a heat advisory this week. It has medical professionals reminding parents to keep an eye on their kids. Sedgwick County EMS Captain Cole Mitchell said to make sure they don’t go exploring, especially into confined spaces.

“Just making sure that they’re not getting themselves in a position that they cant get themselves out of, it’s similar to being in a hot car, that turns unfortunate very quickly, especially on a hot, humid day,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell said heat exhaustion, watch for cool skin, any cramping, or kids feeling run down. Also, if there is any vomiting and decreased level of consciousness, call 911.

He also said to be sure the kids don’t drink too many sugary drinks and to have them start drinking water early in the morning.

“We get a lot of humidity in the Midwest. The humidity plays into a factor it’s going to pull more out of you,” said Mitchell.

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