In a sad story out of Florida, a dad was arrested last week for the death of his toddler son, who was left in a hot pickup truck for eight hours.
Troy Whitaker is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter, a Pinellas County sheriff's spokesperson noted.
Whitaker headed out from home Friday morning with his 5-year-old daughter and 23-month-old son, Lawson.
He dropped his daughter off at her school, but somehow forgot to drop his son off at daycare. He then ran errands around town for several hours, but did not see his son in the backseat of his truck until he got back home later in the afternoon.
Whitaker works a firefighter in a local fire department, was performing CPR on his son when EMTs arrived, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri explained
The boy had an "extremely high body temperature" and he was pronounced dead at the hospital, the sheriff noted
Apparently, the boy was left in the truck from around 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., when Whitaker noticed the boy after a trip to the supermarket.
"It was evident that he didn't realize that the child was in the backseat until he arrived home from Publix," Gualtieri commented. "He was taking the groceries out of the front passenger seat and immediately dropped the bags -- there are groceries all over the driveway -- and then went and took the child out of the car seat."
The sheriff also pointed out that the toddler's car seat was located behind the driver's seat.