A California father is facing a manslaughter charge after leaving his son in his vehicle during his work shift.
As KSTP reports, the criminal complaint states that Kristopher Alexander Taylor, 26, took his son with him to work an event at CHS Field on May 4.
Taylor reportedly told police that he initially settled his son in the outfield grass where he could see him. Taylor said he later went to check on his son and the 4-year-old told him that he was tired.
In response, Taylor placed the boy in the back seat of his vehicle with “a blanket and a hand-held gaming system to entertain him if he didn’t sleep.”
However, after officers spoke with two of his co-workers, Taylor reportedly confessed to leaving the boy in the car his entire shift.
The complaint states:
He said he couldn’t find anyone to watch his son, and that the last time he checked on the boy was at 11:30 a.m. Taylor said he didn’t think it was that hot. Taylor said he had done it once in the past about a year ago and nothing bad happened to the boy on that occasion, but he admitted he had left the window entirely down that time.
Further, Taylor told police that he “hit the automatic window and thought he left it cracked maybe 1/2 or 1/4 of an inch.”
According to the complaint, Taylor returned to his vehicle at the end of his shift around 5:15 p.m. However, when Taylor called his son’s name, he did not get a response.
He then realized that his son didn’t have a pulse. In response, the father placed the boy in the front seat of the car and raced him to the hospital. He reportedly held his hand along the way.
Fox News reports that doctors pronounced the boy dead upon his arrival to the hospital.
The 4-year-old’s mother spoke with officers when she arrived at the hospital. She told them that her son was fine when his father picked him up around 2:30 a.m. the day prior.
According to KTSP, an officer who spoke with Taylor at the hospital, notice that his vehicle was hot.
The complaint states that the parking lot at CHS Field, where the vehicle was parked, “was entirely exposed to the sun.”
According to Jan Null, a research meteorologist at San Jose State University, this directly impacts the interior of a vehicle.
She stated that when the outside temperature is around 71 degrees, a vehicle’s interior could reach 130 degrees or worse in direct sunlight.
As KSTP reports, police charged Taylor with second-degree manslaughter on Monday in Ramsey County. After his first court appearance on May 6, a judge set his bail at $25,000 without conditions.