Update: Boy found in hot car near Anna dies

Dallas Morning News

September 17, 2013

Update at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday: Child Protective Services, which is investigating Jorden’s case, had dealt with the boy’s parents before, an agency spokeswoman said.

Earlier this summer, a passerby found Jorden wandering outside his home near a busy street, CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said. Jorden’s parents told CPS that they didn’t know the toddler could unlock doors.

CPS worked with the parents for a couple of months to make sure the boy would get additional supervision, Gonzales said. The agency checked that additional locks had been installed at the home.

Jorden’s 5-year-old brother is in foster care until a judge determines whether he will return to his mother, Gonzales said.

CPS has 30 days to complete its investigation and determine whether neglect was involved.

Update at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday: The boy, Jorden Cartee, has died, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. Determination about the cause of death is pending.

Jorden died Monday afternoon, said Lt. John Norton with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.

The toddler’s father, Joshua Cartee, remains in the Collin County jail on a charge of injury to a child. His bond has been set at $100,000.

It’s unknown at this point what effect the boy’s death will have on the charge, according to the sheriff’s office.

Update at 5:49 p.m. Friday by Julie Fancher: Police arrested the child’s father around 5 p.m. Friday while he was at the hospital.

Collin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. John Norton said Joshua Alan Cartee, 31, was arrested for Injury to a Child. His bond has been set at $100,000

Update at 10:50 a.m. Friday: As of last night, the 2-year-old boy left in a hot car in Collin County was in critical but stable condition, according to Collin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ron James.

The case is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and Child Protective Services to determine whether the child was accidentally or intentionally left in the hot car. James declined to name the child or relatives citing the investigation.

A neighbor called police Thursday afternoon after a parent of the 2-year-old boy told the neighbor the child was missing, James said.

First responders arrived at a home in the 3100 block of Sam Rayburn Highway near Melissa and Anna. The boy’s father was at the scene, James said. It’s unclear how long the child had been in the car.

Earlier this summer, a woman was charged in connection with the death of her 1-year-old daughter who was left inside a hot car at a Dallas elementary school. The woman told police she thought she had dropped off the girl at day care in the morning.

KidsandCars.org, an organization that aims to raise awareness about this public safety issue, offers some safety tips to avoid a tragedy. Among them, put something that you need (like a purse or a cell phone) in the floor board of the backseat and get in the habit of opening the backdoor of your car every time you reach your destination.

Original post: A 2-year-old child was found in a hot car at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday near Anna, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.

First responders who arrived at the scene found the child unconscious but breathing, said Lt. John Norton with the sheriff’s office. The child was taken to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Norton said he doesn’t know the child’s condition, gender or name. It’s unclear who was caring for the child when he or she was found.