Family of 4-year-old boy who died in hot car while dad worked 'devastated' by 'horrific accident'

A fundraiser aims to help the family grieve without financial stresses.
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Community members are rallying around a family to help cover costs for the funeral of a 4-year-old boy who died after being left in a car in St. Paul. 

Four-year-old Riley Taylor was taken to a hospital last Saturday after his father, Kristopher Taylor, returned from work to find Riley unresponsive in the vehicle, having left him in the vehicle that was "entirely exposed to the sun," a criminal complaint says. 

The boy's 26-year-old father has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. According to a medical examiner, Riley died from probable hyperthermia, a condition that results in abnormally high body temperature.

"Our family is devastated as Riley was tragically taken from us on May 4, 2019," a GoFundMe for the family says. "A horrific accident that no parent should ever have to go through. Riley died from hyperthermia from being left inside a car and left unattended while his dad had to work as there was no caregiver available."

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."

The air temperature was around 70 degrees in St. Paul the day Riley died. 

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

"The simple truth is No Parent should ever have to bare this burden," the GoFundMe continues, adding that the the funds raised will give "Riley the funeral he deserves" in addition to helping the family "grieve without worrying about the financial stress of life and daily expenses."

As of Saturday afternoon, the fundraiser had generated nearly $7,000 of a $15,000 goal. 

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