Toddler dies in hot car while parents attend church service

Photo: WFAA
Photo: WFAA

DALLAS (WFAA) – Dallas police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child left in a car outside a church parking lot Sunday in East Dallas.

According to Dallas Fire-Rescue, crews were called to 11004 Shiloh Road shortly before 4 p.m. Boi Sang was found inside the car and transported to Baylor Medical Center White Rock, according to DFR. He was later pronounced dead.

Reng Om with Dallas Matu Christian Church told WFAA-TV the father of the child noticed his son was not in a children’s Bible service.

“He didn’t see him,” Om said.

Om says the father went out and found the child still inside the family’ 2006 Honda Pilot. It was 98 degrees at 3 p.m. in Dallas.

Om says he was inside the church when he saw the father walk inside the sanctuary holding his son in his arms. The child was unresponsive.

“It looked very bad,” Om said.

Services were taking place inside the church Sunday afternoon.

Dallas police crime scene investigators spoke with witnesses, photographed the scene Sunday afternoon but did not comment on possible criminal charges.

Om says the church is a tight-knit congregation, with many in Dallas’ Burmese community attending services. He says the boy’s father asked another parishioner to call 911 because he did not speak English.

Om added he did not know how long the boy was left alone in the SUV, but he does know the family well, saying they are a great family with five children and are regular worshipers.

“The kids like to read the Bible,” Om said. “I’m really upset for [the] family.”

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