Father is accused of homicide after his seven-month-old son dies after being left in a hot car
- Brandon Scott Coward, 36, was arrested and charged with child abuse murder after the death of his seven-month-old son
- Authorities said the baby had been left in a hot car for a prolonged period
- Initial findings suggested that the baby suffered a heat-related death
Maxine Shen for Dailymail.com
Authorities arrested South Carolina's father of a seven-month-old baby who died after being found inside a hot car.
The Florence County Sheriff's Office said Friday it had arrested the baby's father, Brandon Scott Coward, 36, who has been charged with murder for child abuse, according to WBTW.
Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken said the boy, Dean Emerson Coward, died shortly after being found in the vehicle in front of a house in Florence, South Carolina, at about 5:35 p.m. Thursday.
Brandon Scott Coward, 36, was arrested and charged with child abuse manslaughter after authorities alleged that his young son died after being left in a hot car for a prolonged period.
Von Lutcken said in a statement that while it appears to be a heat-related death, he has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Authorities said they responded to a call from a child who did not respond at Florence's house. By the time they arrived, the baby was already in the process of being taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The National Meteorological Service says that the temperature in Florence was around 94 degrees when the child was found.
Authorities responded to a call about an unresponsive child at Coward's home in South Carolina
The FCSO alleged that Brandon had left Dean & # 39; in a hot vehicle for an extended period of time.
Brandon is being held at the Florence County Detention Center. Neither your bail nor the date of the court have been set yet.
Dean's autopsy was scheduled for Friday morning.
The jail records indicate that Brandon's indictment carries a possible 20-year sanction to life.