A Texas boy was found dead inside his family’s vehicle Monday after spending three hours there in scorching temperatures that reached 100 degrees, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
The mother of the 5-year-old told detectives that she had arrived home with both her children in the backseat of the vehicle and assumed the boy unbuckled himself and hopped out as his sister did.
They went inside and got busy preparing for the 8-year-old girl’s birthday party only to realize, hours later, that the younger child was missing.
The woman found her son still strapped into his seat in the back of the car. EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that the boy knew how to unbuckle himself but that the vehicle he died in was a loaner car, according to the family.