Young boy dies when dad leaves him in hot SUV during 6-hour shift, cops say

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Authorities in Minnesota say a 26-year-old man left his young son in a vehicle as he worked a six-hour shift.

Police believe the 4-year-old boy was inside the SUV between 11:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Kristopher Alexander Taylor reportedly parked with the vehicle “entirely exposed” to the sunlight. Though temperatures only flirted with the 70s that day, experts say children are at risk even in cooler temperatures.

When Taylor returned to his car outside of CHS Field in St. Paul, he reportedly found the boy was “stiff” and unresponsive.

The suspect told police that he was responsible for the child while the boy’s mother was working, according to reports. A complaint indicates he admitted doing the same in the past when he couldn’t find a sitter.

Police say he told them that he did not think it was too hot that day to keep his child in the vehicle.

When Taylor returned to his car outside of CHS Field in St. Paul, he reportedly found the boy was “stiff” and unresponsive.

Taylor took the child to an area hospital, where he was later arrested. He has since been released from jail on $25,000 bail and is set to appear in court later this week.

Cases of death by hyperthermia in children have been recorded in temperatures below 60.