Autopsy confirms death of toddler was caused by being left in a hot car
POSTED: Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 8:04am
CADDO PARISH, LA — An autopsy revealed that a 3-year-old child died from heatstroke after she was accidentally left in the backseat of her mother’s car.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office reports Sariah Delafosse was found unresponsive in the back of her mother’s vehicle on July 5. They did not provide any other details relative to the investigation.
Officials say that the District Attorney will determine whether or not charges will be filed in this case.
“The ruling of this death as accidental does not mean that charges will not be filed. The Caddo Parish Coroner's Office makes a ruling as to the manner of death based on the facts of the case. The decision whether or not charges will be filed comes under the jurisdiction of the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office. To help understand the reasons for this ruling, I will cite an example. If two cars are involved in a high-speed collision and there are multiple deaths at the scene, all coroners and medical examiners rule these cases as accidental. If in the same crash, the driver of one of the vehicles is under the influence of alcohol, the coroner or medical examiner still rules the case accidental. In both cases there is a component of neglect. It is the job of the District Attorney's Office to determine whether this neglect rises to the level of criminal neglect. If an individual uses a car as a weapon and has an intent to kill, the coroner or medical examiner would rule that case a homicide,” a press release noted.