Burleson child left strapped in car and dies (updated this week)
BURLESON -- Police are investigating the death of a 23-month-old boy that officials say was restrained in a child seat in the back of his family's vehicle for at least five hours.
Kingston Jackson, born May 6, 2015, was discovered Friday evening April 14 by his mother in his family’s 1999 GMC SUV, said DeAnna Phillips, marketing and communications director for the city of Burleson.
Authorities said Kingston’s death appears to have been a horrible accident – the result of a miscommunication between his parents regarding who was supposed to be caring for him at the time.
However, police said they will determine exactly what happened.
"We are investigating, but it's too early to tell if anyone will be charged," Burleson Police Chief Billy Cordell explained to the Burleson Star over the weekend.
After Kingston’s mother discovered him in the vehicle, she immediately unstrapped and removed him from his forward-facing seat, reports show.
She called 911 at about 6:57 p.m.
A neighbor then began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child, reports show. The neighbor was still trying to revive Kingston when Burleson Police and medical authorities arrived at the apartment complex at 524 South East Gardens Boulevard, Phillips said.
Kingston was taken by ground ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m. April 14, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office reported.
"He never regained consciousness," Phillips said.
As of Thursday, the medical examiner had not determined the child’s cause of death.
Burleson Police Sgt. Jae Berg, the first police supervisor on the scene, said authorities believe the child spent a total of five hours without air conditioning.
During that time, Kingston’s mother – apparently not realizing the child had not been taken into his father’s care – allegedly drove the vehicle to a relative's home away from the complex.
The mother spent time there, then returned home and spent time there before discovering her son strapped to the child seat, Sgt. Berg said.
Sgt. Berg said young Kingston lived in the apartment with his mother, father and a 7-year-old brother.
He said standard procedure in child deaths such as this is for Child Protective Services to conduct an independent investigation.
CPS spokesperson Marissa Gonzales said Tuesday the child and his family have not had any previous contact with her agency.
The death remains under investigation, Gonzales said.
“Typically it can take 30 days or longer to complete an investigation,” she said.
This is 2017’s first hot car death in Texas and fifth in the nation, Phillips said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a “Go Fund Me” page stating an intention to raise a $2,000 “Angel Fund for Kingston Jackson” totaled at $2,200 as of Tuesday.
“Kingston was three weeks away from turning two and was the sweetest little boy with the most beautiful smile and crystal blue eyes you had ever seen,” reads the page, created by Cami Wimberly of Crowley.