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5-Year-Old Dies After Located in Hot Car

On Sunday (Aug. 23), the residents of Burleson were devastated after learning about the death of one of their own, a 5-year-old autistic boy who died after being found in a hot car.

The family was at home when the boy slipped outside and left on his own, according to Burleson police. After being missing for about 30 minutes, he was found passed out inside a hot car that was parked on his street.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the police received a call from a home in the 2700 block of Lakeside Drive about a boy who was missing for approximately 15 minutes. The missing boy was just 5-years-old and autistic, said Sally Ellertson, Burleson public information officer.

The child’s grandmother told the police that several people checked the house for the boy, but they couldn’t find him, said Ellertson. Officers searched a nearby lake and the area around Texas Highway 174, which is close to the home.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., Burleson firefighters arrived at the scene and joined the officers and over a dozen neighbors in the search near the home, Ellertson said.

After a desperate search, the boy was found in the back seat of a parked car on the street in front of the family’s home. The firefighters tried to cool the child down and then they began CPR before he was transported to Cooks Children’s Hospital, NBC News reported.

According to MedStar, Z. Elshaarawy, 5, was in critical condition when they transported him to the children’s hospital around 2 p.m.

The boy was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death has not been released.

Ellertson said that at the time of the search, the temperature was about 100 degrees.

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