2-year-old Texas boy found dead in stolen SUV hours after father killed
2-year-old Texas boy found dead in stolen SUV hours after father killed

2-year-old Texas boy found dead in stolen SUV hours after father killed

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A 2-year-old boy was found dead in his family’s SUV hours after a man shot his father at a Houston gas station and then stole the vehicle, police said Wednesday.

Officials have not yet determined the toddler’s cause of death, but they believe it may have been heat exhaustion, said Houston Police Deputy Chief Larry Satterwhite. Authorities believe the suspect abandoned the SUV with the child trapped inside and the engine turned off when the temperature reached 95 degrees Fahrenheit in Houston on Tuesday.

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A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of murder and tampering with evidence.

The shooting happened during an argument around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, and authorities didn’t find the boy’s body until that evening, Satterwhite said.

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Satterwhite said officers initially did not know about the child when they began investigating the shooting. It wasn’t until his mother called police at 6:36 p.m. and reported her son and husband were missing that they knew to look for the boy, Satterwhite said.

Police then found the missing SUV with the child inside about a mile from the shooting. They began performing CPR on the toddler, but he was dead, Satterwhite said.

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Satterwhite said authorities wish they had known about the child when they began their investigation.

“No one wishes more than I do that we would have had more then, that we could have found this child in time,” he said.

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Authorities have not released the suspect’s name pending the filing of formal charges in court.

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