Coroner: Boy’s death in car appears to be from overheating

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Jefferson County coroner’s office says the death of a boy found inside a parked car outside an elementary school on a day when the temperature hit 83 degrees was consistent with a high body temperature.

Deputy Coroner Larry Carroll said in an email Tuesday that 2-year-old Lavontae Swain’s death was “consistent with hyperthermia.”

Louisville police are investigating the child’s death.

Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said earlier that the toddler was in cardiac arrest when he was spotted inside the vehicle Monday afternoon. He died at the scene.

The incident happened at Gutermuth Elementary School, a few miles southwest of downtown Louisville.

Mitchell said the vehicle was parked and the boy was alone inside. The National Weather Service listed the temperature at that hour at 83 degrees.


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