Father charged with murder after police say he intentionally left 1-year-old son in 130-degree car

An Ohio man confessed to murdering his child, police say, after the teenage father intentionally left his 1-year-old son in a hot car for five hours as temperatures inside the vehicle soared to 130 degrees on Thursday.

After 19-year-old Landon Parrott took his unresponsive son Kyler to the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in New Philadelphia, police were notified of the incident.

Parrott initially told investigators that the child was only in the car for a short time while he went to the bathroom.

New Philadelphia is 80 miles south of Cleveland.

City Police Chief Michael Goodwin said in a statement: “During the initial investigation, detectives found conflicting information given by the father.”

Goodwin said in the statement that after being confronted with evidence, Parrott “confessed to detectives what happened to his son.”

Kyler with his parents Vanessa and Landon shortly after his birth in June 2021

Kyler with his parents Vanessa and Landon shortly after his birth in June 2021

City Police Chief Michael Goodwin said in a statement:

City Police Chief Michael Goodwin said in a statement: “During the initial investigation, detectives found conflicting information given by the father.”

Parrott is charged with murder, double child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter

Parrott is charged with murder, double child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter

Parrott initially told investigators that the child was only in the car for a short time while he went to the bathroom

Parrott initially told investigators that the child was only in the car for a short time while he went to the bathroom

According to Parrott's Facebook page, he is from Mustang, Oklahoma. He has been married to Kyler's mother since June 2021

According to Parrott’s Facebook page, he is from Mustang, Oklahoma. He has been married to Kyler’s mother since June 2021

Investigators obtained video showing Parrott leaving his home with the child at 8:30 a.m. and was not seen again until 1:50 p.m.

The statement continued: “During the interview it does not seem to have been about forgetting the child, but rather it was a conscious act so that the child would not disturb the house.”

In an interview with Fox8, Capt. Ty Norris of the New Philadelphia Police Department: “We estimate that the interior of the car would have warmed up to about 130 degrees.”

During his interview with investigators, Parrott said he was aware of the dangers of leaving children in hot cars, but didn’t want to be disturbed.

Norris also said that the child’s mother, Vanessa, was at work when the tragic incident unfolded.

He added: “We estimate that the inside of the car would have gotten about 130 degrees warm and this kid was strapped in there in a car seat with no fluids, no air conditioning, nothing.”

Norris continued, “Heartbreaking. It is heartbreaking to see this before your eyes… This is about this poor child and mother who were just trying to work and pay the bills and find justice for both of them.

According to Parrott’s Facebook page, he is from Mustang, Oklahoma. He has been married to Kyler’s mother since June 2021. In the intro section of his page, Parrott wrote, “Live like you’re going to die.”

On her Facebook page, Vanessa posted a photo of Kyler with the caption, “Mom loves you so much. Fly high, my sweet baby. #justiceforkyler.’

It’s not clear when the couple moved to Ohio. Vanessa writes on her Facebook page that she moved to Oklahoma City around the time she married her child’s father.

According to Facebook posts, Landon and Vanessa Parrott married in June 2021, shortly before the child was born and shortly after he graduated from high school

According to Facebook posts, Landon and Vanessa Parrott married in June 2021, shortly before the child was born and shortly after he graduated from high school

On her Facebook page, Vanessa posted a photo of Kyler with the caption,

On her Facebook page, Vanessa posted a photo of Kyler with the caption, “Mom loves you so much. Fly high, my sweet baby. #justiceforkyler’

A GoFundMe page was also set up to help the family pay for medical expenses. The goal of the page is $5,000.

Kyler’s online obituary says he will be “remembered for his sweet nature and gentle ways with animals, even at such a young age, and for his enthusiasm for his best friend Mickey Mouse.”

The tribute went on to say that Kyler’s funeral will be private, followed by a more public celebration. In lieu of flowers, mourners are asking for a donation for Kyler’s mother to help with ongoing expenses.

While his paternal grandparents wrote in a joint Facebook post, “Justice will be served but the purpose of this is to draw everyone’s attention to the existence of Kyler Phillip Allen Parrott.”

The post continued, “Kyler was an unexpected surprise who has changed our world in the best way since the beginning. We’ve seen his mom, Vanessa Parrott’s belly grow as he prepares for his big entrance.

It continues: “I wish I could express the loss that has occurred. He was such an active baby, always so curious. And yes, he did enjoy jamming with Britney during his bath time.

“We want the world to stop and pay attention to him to know the Kyler name now. Not what happened. Right now it’s about him… look at him… know he was here,” his grandparents wrote in their heartbreaking post.

According to Noheatstroke.org, nearly 1,000 children have died from heatstroke in the United States since 1998 after being left in cars

According to Noheatstroke.org, nearly 1,000 children have died from heatstroke in the United States since 1998 after being left in cars

The child’s grandparents also said that the paternal grandparents “are also in close communication with Vanessa Parrott. She’s Kyler’s mother and our friendship has grown even further because of that. Regardless of what anyone thinks they know…they don’t know.’

Parrott is charged with murder, double child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter.

A similar tragedy struck in New Jersey on Tuesday when 2-year-old Adrianna LeChard was found unresponsive after being trapped in a car in 92-degree heat. The toddler was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

It is not clear whether charges will be filed in this case. The Somerset County Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into this incident.

Online records show Landon Parrott is being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail after he was arrested Friday and is being held on $250,000 bail.

According to Noheatstroke.org, nearly 1,000 children have died from heatstroke in the United States since 1998 after being left in cars. About half of that was due to the child being accidentally left in the car.

The website says 22 children have died in 2022 alone because they were left in hot cars.

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Andrew Kugle

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