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Chief: Father left child in hot car on Father’s Day

Jun 20, 2011 1:00:00 PM - thestate.com
The father of the nine-month-old baby who died after being left unattended in a car for hours in sweltering heat is the person who left the baby in the car, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said today.

Scott estimated the lengthy of time the baby was in the car with the windows rolled up from Sunday morning until afternoon was easily more than three hours.

"It probably was four hours -- could be more, could be a little less," Scott said.

Meanwhile, an autopsy on the boy, Jayden Davis, of Charbonneau Apartments, revealed that he died from complications of acute hyperthermia, said Richland County coroner Gary Watts.

Hyperthermia means an elevated body temperature and is considered a medical emergency. It requires prompt treatment to prevent sickness or death. Infants are especially susceptible to hyperthermia in hot, closed areas.

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