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Drunk Ariz. dad leaves toddler in hot car, boy dies: police

A Phoenix toddler who tried in
vain to get out of a hot car died in the back seat after his drunken
father left him there and went inside the house to sleep it off,
authorities said Tuesday.

James Koryor, 41, was arrested and charged with manslaughter and child abuse, police said.

“It was an absolutely horrific death,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump told reporters at a Tuesday press conference, KTVK-TV reported.

There
were no car seats inside the vehicle, and the boy tried desperately to
get out, Crump said. It was not clear whether the doors were locked.

The
dad was supposed to take his 2-year-old boy, along with his 5-year-old
son, to get haircuts. Instead, he drove to a liquor store, bought a
bottle of gin and drank it before driving home, police said.

Koryor
went inside and fell asleep. The 5-year-old somehow managed to get out
of the car, but the toddler was left behind with the windows up as high
temperatures soared past 90.

The interior of the car was damaged from the toddler’s attempts to get out, Crump said.

The
mother was inside the home, studying. She discovered her son’s body
about 4 p.m., when she went out to drive to class. Neighbors said they
heard weeping and wailing from the family’s driveway.

Officers
initially said there was confusion among family members about who was
watching the children. Koryor later admitted to investigators that he
had been drinking heavily, police said.

Credit:

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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