According to O’Fallon police, they received a call about the infant around 5 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of joy drive. The child, a 2-year-old boy, had reportedly been left in the car for at least 2 ½ hours, with outside temperatures reaching over 90 degrees.
Parents and caregivers of children and animals are reminded to never leave a child or an animal unattended in a vehicle. According to weather experts, after just 10 minutes and an outside temperature of 90 degrees, the interior of a car can reach more than 110 degrees, and after one hour, it can reach 140 degrees.
Police say the incident was not suspicious, and no one has been taken into custody, but the information is being given to the state’s attorney’s office.
A parent who had just returned from work saw the child inside the car and took him into the home, but he was already dead. The parent who put the boy in the car could be charged later today.
The boy is the 14th child to die in the U.S. so far this year after being left in hot cars.
UPDATE: The boy’s 32-year-old father, Wayne M. Hubert, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts child endangerment. Police say Hubert was planning on taking his children, the 2-year-old boy and a daughter, to the park and had placed the toddler in the car, but became distracted. The father was found intoxicated and passed out on the floor in the house, which led to the two counts of child endangerment.