An Ohio father is facing charges in the death of his one-year-old son after he intentionally left the baby in a hot car, police said.
In a Facebook post, New Philadelphia Police Chief Michael Goodwin said the child was first brought unresponsive to the ER by his father, 19-year-old Landon Parrot.
“During the initial investigation, detectives found inconsistent information provided by the father,” Chief Goodwin wrote.
When investigators “confronted” Parrot with the inconsistencies in his story, police said he told them what happened.
“The child died after being left in the car unattended for approximately 5 hours, with an outside temperature of 87 degrees,” according to Goodwin. “During the interview, it appears that it was not a question of forgetting the child but of a deliberate act so that the child would not be a nuisance in the house.”
Parrot faces charges of murder, two counts of child endangerment and manslaughter, police said in the Facebook post. He is being held in Tuscarawas County Jail on $250,000 bond.
It was booked Friday afternoon, according to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s website.
CNN was unable to determine if Parrot has an attorney.
There has been an increase in recent years in the number of children dying from being left in a hot car. According to Jan Null, meteorologist and founder of noheatstroke.org, there have been at least 929 deaths of children from heat stroke in cars since 1998. Of these deaths, 53% were due to a child forgetting in a car. car.
In 2018 and 2019, a record 53 children died each year after being left in a hot car, according to the National Safety Council. According to noheatstroke.org, there have been 22 hot car deaths so far in 2022.