HEARTBREAKING new details emerged after a 5-year-old boy tragically died after being left in a sweltering car by his mum for hours.
Trace Means was pronounced dead after his mother Amanda, 36, left him in a car for two to three hours on Monday to endure the Texas heat.
Father Steve, 48, pictured in family photos, is mourning the tragic death of his son but is not demanding that the mother be charged if the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.
“He’s in tears, he’s upset, but the last thing he wants is for Amanda to face criminal penalties,” said the father’s attorney, Gary Block.
“She’s been through enough already.”
The two were in the process of being divorced and Steve was on a plane to Florida for a business trip at the time of Trace’s death, the DailyMail reported.
Amanda reportedly thought Trace unbuckled herself as she walked in to prepare for her 8-year-old daughter’s birthday party.
The boy knew how to unbuckle himself, but the family used a loaner Porsche, which Harris County, Texas police believe the child may not have known how to get out of.
The mother reportedly didn’t know where he was until she called his name, two to three hours after she got home.
Detectives believe Amanda just forgot about the child, and she has not been charged in the ongoing investigation.
“He knows that no matter what happened, she is her mother and that nothing was done on purpose,” Block said on Steve’s behalf.
“All he wants to do now is make sure his daughter is okay and that everyone can start healing.”
The family called 911 around 2 p.m. Monday, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
A cause of death was not determined, but police say it was likely heat stroke as temperatures in Austin were well over 100 degrees.
Steve filed for divorce in January after a decade of marriage, and the two were separated at the time of the tragic incident.
However, Block said the nature of their divorce was not scandalous and the two no longer loved each other.
“There have never been allegations that Amanda was an unsuitable mother or that there had been abuse, nothing like that,” Block told the Mail.
Steve had just landed in Florida on a business trip when he received the news of his son’s death.
“At first he thought she was joking or being sarcastic,” Block said.
“It took me a moment to realize it was real.
That comes as record heat could hit the southern and central United States this week, with temperatures expected to top 100 degrees and 10 to 25 degrees above average, according to Weather.com.
Severe weather consisting primarily of heavy rain is expected to hit the central U.S. today and the mid-Atlantic and Northeast tomorrow, he added.
According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, more than 900 children have died from heatstroke since 1998 because they were left behind or trapped in a car.
Twenty-one children died from heat stroke in cars last year.
A child’s body temperature, which rises three to five times faster than an adult’s, can become deadly when it reaches 107 degrees.
Heat stroke can start at 104 degrees.
That investigation is ongoing, Harris County officials said.
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