A 5-year-old autistic boy was found dead inside of a hot car in Burleson, Texas (video below).
Darek Elshaarway was building a swing set for his son, Zachary, 5, in the backyard Sunday afternoon when the boy suddenly went missing, WFAA reported.
After checking the home, the family called police to report the child missing. Police searched all around the neighborhood for about 15 minutes before finding Zachary in the backseat of a hot car.
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Zachary was rushed to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth in critical condition. He died from injuries in the hospital’s emergency room, the father told the news station.
Darek said his son, who has autism, had wandered out of the house and into the locked vehicle where he was later found.
"I don't know how I'm going to live," Darek told reporters. "He was happy to go to school (tomorrow). He knew he was going to go."
According to the National Weather Service, the outside temperature reached 97 degrees in nearby Cleburne that afternoon, USA Today reported. As of Aug. 12, a San Jose University study has documented 14 heatstroke deaths of children left in hot cars in the U.S. this year. Thirty-one such deaths occurred in 2014.
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