Ohio father charged with manslaughter after intentionally leaving his 1-year-old son in a hot car

The man is booked into the Tuscarawas County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Photo: Tuscarawas County Sheriff/Courtesy

An Ohio man is facing charges in the death of his 1-year-old son after he intentionally left him in a hot vehicle, authorities said.

New Philadelphia Police Chief Michael Goodwin initially said the father, 19-year-old Landon Parrot, carried the unconscious baby from the ER to a hospital.

“During the initial investigation, detectives found inconsistent information provided by the father,” Chief Goodwin said in a Facebook post.

When detectives “confronted” the man with the inconsistencies in his account, authorities said he told them what really happened.

“The child passed away after being left alone in the car for approximately 5 hours, with an outside temperature of 87°F,” according to Goodwin. “During the interview, it appears that this was not a matter of forgetting the child, but was a deliberate act so that the child would not be a nuisance while he was in the house.”

Parrot faces murder charges, two counts of child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter, police said.

The man is booked into the Tuscarawas County Jail on $250,000 bond.

According to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s website, Parrot was booked Friday afternoon.

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of children dying from being left in hot vehicles. There have been about 929 pediatric vehicle heat strokes since 1998, according to Jan Null, a meteorologist and founder of noheatstroke.org. Of all those deaths, 53% were due to someone leaving the child in a car.

In 2018 and 2019, there was a record 53 minors who lost their lives in a hot car, according to the National Safety Council. Only this 2022 there have been 22 deaths, reported noheatstroke.org.

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