PALMETTO, FL – A three-year-old boy died Saturday after basically cooking to death in the car he had been left in while his parents attended a funeral.
Robert Anderson, 29, and Amanda Jo Anderson, 30, took two cars to drop their three children off with a babysitter so they could attend a funeral. Their 4 and 5-year-old were in one of the vehicles, and 3-year-old Kyrese Anderson was in the other.
After dropping off the kids, the pair drove to the funeral in one vehicle, leaving one of them behind – the one that still contained Kyrese. It wasn’t until they returned from the funeral a few hours later and asked about Kyrese that they realized what had happened.
“They get back from the funeral several hours later,” said Dave Bristow with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, “and they ask where the 3-year-old was, and the babysitter said, ‘I thought he was with you?’”
The couple ran to the car that had been sweltering in front of the babysitter’s house for a few hours and found Kyrese inside. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Kyrese’s death (hint: it was horrible) and no charges have been filed at this time.
“You have to take all the precautions to never leave a child, and I know that these people knew that,” Bristow says about Kyrese Anderson’s family. “There’s no question they knew it and, again, it was just a very unusual, strange set of circumstances that led to this tragedy.”
I have been writing stories regarding children left to die in hot cars for the last ten years, and I cannot recollect one in which I understood how in the hell it could have happened. As a parent, I just cannot fathom forgetting my kid anywhere, especially a car. I get that Kyrese’s death was an accident, but anyone want to guess if Kyrese’s mother forgot her purse before heading to the funeral?