Boy, 3, dies after being left in a hot car in 90F heat after his grandmother forgot about him
Boy, 3, dies after being left in the car for nearly three hours in 90F heat after his grandmother forgot about him and his uncle discovered him during Wendy’s drive-thru run in Georgia
- Kendrick Engram Jr, 3, was found Sunday by his uncle at the fast food restaurant in Columbus
- He was left in the car for about 2 hours and 45 minutes
- The temperature of the day high in the area was 96F and the lowest 90F
- Kendrick had spent most of the day with his three sisters and his grandmother
- They were out all day before coming home at 5:30pm
- The grandmother didn’t realize Kendrick was missing until three hours later, when her son – the boy’s uncle – borrowed her car to go to Wendy’s.
A Georgia boy died in a hot car at a Wendy’s drive-thru after his grandmother forgot him in the back seat.
Kendrick Engram Jr, three, was discovered by his uncle at the fast food restaurant on Wynnton Road Sunday in Columbus after being in the car for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, according to the Muscogee County Coroner’s Office.
He died of suffocation after being left in the car in the scorching heat; the highest temperature of the day was 96F, the lowest 90F, the National Weather Service reported in its three-day history forecast.
Kendrick spent most of Sunday with family members, including his three sisters and his grandmother, Muscogee County coroner Buddy Bryan told local news outlets. They went home around 5:30 PM
“Everyone entered the house except the little boy,” Bryan said. ‘The grandmother went to the bedroom, the other children went to the kitchen to eat. Then the kids were in and out, playing… just like kids.”
Kendrick Engram Jr, three, was found in the third row of a Nissan SUV around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when his uncle went to order food from a Wendy’s restaurant in Columbus, Georgia.
The boy’s uncle had borrowed his mother’s car to drive 15 minutes to get to the Wendy’s on Wynnton Road
It wasn’t until about three hours later, about 8:15 p.m., that the grandmother noticed that Kendrick was missing, when she “called to the children and asked for a count, and no one knew where Kendrick was.”
Kendrick was found around 8:30 p.m. after his uncle – who had the vehicle the boy had driven earlier on Sunday – was called by his mother to see if the child was with him.
While he was at Wendy’s, the grandmother called him to ask if Kendrick was with him, Bryan said. The boy’s uncle initially denied the child’s presence, but soon found him in the third row of a Nissan SUV.
The toddler was pronounced dead around 9 p.m. that night.
‘Just be aware. Just be aware of it. If you’re an adult, be responsible,” Bryan said. “The children are innocent. They can’t help it and if you have a child, that puts the responsibility on you.’
It remains unclear on Tuesday whether the family will be charged with the death of the three-year-old.
DailyMail.com has contacted the Columbus Police Department in Georgia for comment.
Kendrick is the seventh child in the United States to die after being left in a hot car this year, and the second in Georgia, according to safe kidsadding that more than 100 children have died in the past two years from being unattended in a hot car.
Last week, Trace Means, five, died in blistering 100F heat in Houston, Texas, after his mother Amanda Means, 36, left him two to three hours behind in a Porsche SUV.
DailyMail.com can reveal that the five-year-old Texas boy who was left to die in his mother’s sweltering car on Monday has been identified as Trace Means, pictured above with his parents Amanda and Steve, and his older sister, 8
Detectives think she simply forgot that Trace was still strapped into his car seat when she entered their $1.4 million Houston home to throw a birthday party for his eight-year-old sister.
By the time Amanda realized her mistake, the bubbly, blond-haired youngster — pictured here for the first time in a series of heartbreaking family photos — had succumbed to suspected heat stroke.
The shocked mother has not been charged, although the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.
DailyMail.com can reveal that Trace’s parents are getting divorced and that he spent Father’s Day with his father before being dropped off at home just hours before Monday’s tragedy.