O’FALLON, Ill. (KMOX) – Charges were filed Friday against a father that investigators say strapped his two-year-old son in his car and forgot about him Thursday afternoon.
The father, 32 year old Wayne M. Hubert, faces one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangerment. While Hubert told investigators he became distracted after strapping the child in the car, court documents allege he had been drinking.
The mother discovered her son’s body in the vehicle in the 300 block of Joy Drive two hours later when she came home from work.
O’Fallon Police Captain Jeff Wild says the mother then called police and brought the child inside but he was already dead.
According to St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone, the toddler’s temperature was 104.6 degrees by the time first responders arrived.
Wild says the father told police he was getting the toddler and his older sister ready to go to a park but somehow he became distracted when he went back inside and left the boy in the car.
Court documents released to KMOX now indicate Hubert “consumed alcohol to a level which caused him to pass out on the floor of his home.”
The father remains in custody on $250,000 bond.
Temparatures Thursday climbed above 90 degrees and experts say the temparature in a car on a hot day can exceed 140 degrees.