Teen dad INTENTIONALLY left baby son Kyler in scorching car for 5 hours to die as 'he didn't want to be disturbed'
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO: A one-year-old toddler died after his teenage father intentionally left him inside a car on Thursday, September 1. The child was inside the car for five hours as the temperature reportedly soared to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The Ohio man later confessed to murdering his child.
The Daily Mail reported the cops were informed about the incident after the man, identified as Landon Parrott, 19, brought his unresponsive son, Kyler, to Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in New Philadelphia. The 19-year-old told cops that the child had been in the car for a short period while he went to the restroom. Parrott is facing charges of murder, two counts of endangering children, and involuntary manslaughter. Close to 100 children have died of heatstroke after being left in cars in the US since 1998.
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City Police Chief Michael Goodwin, as per The Daily Mail, said, “During the initial investigation the detectives found inconsistent information being given by the father,” adding, "Parrott later confessed to detectives what had happened to his son after he was confronted with evidence." Investigators got hold of a video where Parrott can be seen leaving his apartment with the child at 8:30 am and was not seen again until 1:50 pm.
The statement further said, “During the interview, it appears that this was not a matter of forgetting the child but was a deliberate act so as the child would not be a disturbance while in the house.” Speaking to Fox8, Captain Ty Norris of the New Philadelphia Police Department said, “We estimate that would’ve made the interior of the car about 130 degrees and this child was in there strapped into a car seat with no fluids, no air conditioning, nothing.” Norris also stated that the child's mother, Vanessa, was at work when the tragic incident took place. Parrott confessed that he was aware of the dangers of leaving children in hot cars but that he did not want to be disturbed.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up in the name of the one-year-old to pay for medical bills. Kyler's online obituary said, “He will be remembered for his sweet disposition and gentle way with animals, even at such a young age, and for his enthusiasm for his best friend Mickey Mouse.”
The child’s paternal grandparents wrote in a joint Facebook post, as per The Daily Mail, “Justice will be served, but the purpose of this is to bring everyone's attention to the existence of Kyler Phillip Allen Parrott,” adding, “Kyler was an unexpected surprise who immediately changed our world in the best way, from the very beginning. We saw his mother, Vanessa Parrott’s belly grow while he was getting ready to make his grand appearance.”
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