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4-year-old boy dies after being left in car to nap as dad worked

The tragic incident happened in St. Paul over the weekend.

A 4-year-old boy has died after he was left to nap in a car in St. Paul on Saturday, and his father has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

The boy, identified as Riley Taylor, was taken to a hospital by his father, Kristopher Taylor, 26, of Apple Valley, who had left him for more than 2 hours in a parking lot that was "entirely exposed to the sun."

A criminal complaint states that Taylor had brought his son to Minnesota Monthly Grillfest at CHS Field, where he was working for a vendor, but had taken him back to the car when he grew tired.

Taylor told police he'd cracked a window "1/2 or 1/4 of an inch" and left his son with a blanket and a game to entertain himself.

Although he initially told police he'd taken him to the car at around 2:45 p.m., Taylor later said the last time he checked on his son was 11:30 a.m., while two of his co-workers said he never left during his shift.

When he returned to their car around 5:15 p.m., his son was unresponsive, had no pulse, and was "stiff."

Taylor rushed him to Regions Hospital, where medical staff initially thought he was having a seizure and attempted to revive him with anti-seizure medication.

It didn't work, and he was pronounced dead. A medical examiner ruled that he died from probable hyperthermia, a condition that results in abnormally high body temperature.

The boy's mother said Taylor had picked up their son around 2:30 a.m. so she could go to her early morning job.

Kristopher Taylor

Kristopher Taylor.

Speaking with police, Taylor said he couldn't find anyone to watch his son, and had to take him to work for the entirety of his shift.

He also said he didn't think it was that hot, and that he'd done it in the past and "nothing bad happened," albeit on that occasion he left the window entirely down.

The air temperature was around 70 degrees in St. Paul on Saturday.

Speaking to the Pioneer Press, the president of KidsAndCars.org said that when the outdoor temperature is at 70 degrees, the inside of a vehicle can reach up to 110 degrees.

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