Heat killed Johnson County girl in SUV
Posted Monday, Nov. 07, 2011

By Domingo Ramirez Jr.

A Johnson County girl found dead in a hot sport utility vehicle in July died from hypethermia, according to a final ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office released Monday.

Lilly Parsons, 4, who had been playing outside, apparently got into the vehicle as temperatures hovered over 100 degrees. Her death was ruled an accident, according to the final ruling.

Roger Metcalf of the medical examiner's office said the ruling may have taken several months because of the number of tests that had to be done or because a review by all the doctors had to be completed.

Investigators had never determined how long the girl was in the vehicle before she was discovered.

Lilly's parents had called 911 about 6:46 p.m. on July 11 after they made a quick search around their property in the 1200 block of Westlake Road near Cleburne. She was found by deputies of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department shortly after they arrived and was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m., the medical examiner's office reported.

The family had no history with Child Protective Services.