Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
September 10, 2016 04:05 PM

A man has been arrested and charged in the death of his toddler son after leaving his baby in a car for eight hours in Palm Harbor, Florida, according to several reports.

Troy Whitaker, 41, was charged with aggravated manslaughter, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kavontae Smalls said, according to CNN.

Whitaker dropped his 5-year-old daughter off at school and forgot to drop his 23-month-old son off at daycare on Friday morning. Instead, Whitaker returned home and left his son Lawson Whitaker in the car from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told WFLA.

Fox 13 News said Gualtieri told them it appeared Whitaker thought he made the drop-off, but instead went home to study for a promotional test for the Hillsborough County Fire Department.

Troy Whitaker
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Whitaker took his dog on a walk around 3:30 p.m. and got groceries at Publix before discovering his son in the seat behind the driver’s side seat, according to Fox 13. Whitaker tried to give his son CPR, but told deputies that his son was blue and not breathing.

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A call was made for emergency personnel at 4:30 p.m. and Lawson was pronounced dead at the hospital soon after, according to Fox 13. Gualtieri told the news station the toddler’s body temperature was 108 degrees.

The sheriff’s department could not be reached for comment.

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