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Father of toddler who died from heatstroke in Sebring arrested

Special to Highlands Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM
SEBRING -

Authorities have arrested the father of a 2-year-old girl, who they say died from heat stroke after being left unattended in a car.

Christopher Sneed King, 34, of 507 Ryan Road, Sebring, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and child neglect resulting in great bodily harm. He is being held in Highlands County Jail on no bond until his first appearance, according to a news release.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday, central dispatch received a call that CPR was being done on a child, the news release added. Paramedics responded, however, they were unable to resuscitate the child, the news release added.

The District 10 Medical Examiner has determined the girl died from heat stroke, the news release added. “Investigation indicates the child was left unattended in the suspect’s vehicle for an extended period of time causing the heat stroke to occur.”

The sheriff’s office did not release more details and the case remains under investigation.

This year there have been at least twenty-seven deaths of children due to hyperthermia (heat stroke) after being in hot cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s, not including this case, according to research by Jan Null, meteorologist with the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University.

Prior to this case there was one case recorded in Florida this year, which happened Aug. 1, when a 4-year-old boy was reportedly left in a sweltering SUV for more than two hours allegedly by the 20-year-old daughter of a Sunrise day-care operator.

Statistically Florida was No. 4 in the country with 58 deaths recorded since 1998. Since 1998 there have been 554 cases recorded nationwide.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Barbara Hair at 863-402-7250.

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.

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