Kansas mom mourns death of 2-year-old son found in parked car

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP/KAKE) -

Lawrence police say a 2-year-old child whose body was found inside a parked car was in the care at the time of a family member who was not a parent.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that police on Monday identified the boy as Devonte Lashaun Turner. He was found Sunday evening after someone reported a child was left unattended in a car.

“Devonte was not with his parents. Rather he was under the care of family members. At this point in the investigation, no arrests have been made,” said Lawrence Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. 

Burns told reporters a death investigation was under way and that heat may have contributed to the boy's death.

The boy's mother, Kristina Turner, told KMBC that she is committed to keeping her son’s memory alive and spreading awareness about the dangers guardians face.

"There is not going to be a moment that won't go by that I won't remember my son or that I won't look over and think that he should be here," she said. "They depend on you. And if nobody is making sure that they are OK, most of them can't fight for themselves."

The National Weather Service says the temperature reached 88 Sunday afternoon in Lawrence.

If determined the toddler's death was heat-related, it would be the second such child death in Kansas this year. In June, a 3-month-old girl died after she was left in a hot car near Rose Hill. 


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Lawrence police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child whose body was found inside a parked car.

Police said in a news release the child was found Sunday evening after someone reported a child was left unattended in a car.

The family was notified and police are investigating. No further information was released.

The National Weather Service says the temperature reached 88 Sunday afternoon in Lawrence.


 

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