Death of boy found in vehicle ‘consistent with hyperthermia’
The Jefferson County coroner’s office says the death of a boy who was found inside a parked car outside an elementary school was "consistent with hyperthermia," a term for when body temperature is much higher than normal.
Deputy Coroner Larry Carroll said in an email Tuesday that the child was 2 years old. He identified the boy as Lavontae Swain of Louisville.
Louisville police are investigating the child’s death.
Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said earlier that the toddler was in cardiac arrest when he was spotted inside the vehicle Monday afternoon. He died at the scene.
The incident happened at Gutermuth Elementary School, a few miles southwest of downtown Louisville.
Mitchell said the vehicle was parked, and the boy was alone in the vehicle. The National Weather Service listed the temperature at that hour at 83 degrees.