July 30, 2002 at 8:55 PM EST - Updated June 29 at 7:56 PM
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Preliminary results from Tuesday's autopsy on a 9-month-old boy left in a car for about three hours on a hot day were consistent with a heat-related death, the Medina County coroner said.
Coroner Neil Grabenstetter said more tests were needed to confirm the cause of death of Tyler Costello on Monday. The autopsy took place at the Cuyahoga County coroner's office in Cleveland.
Police Chief Dennis Hanwell said that after he obtained an autopsy report, the case would be forwarded to the prosecutor's office for a recommendation on whether to file charges.
A man believed to be the child's father parked the car and reported to work Monday about 7:50 a.m. at a packaging business. Police withheld his name.
About three hours later, another employee noticed the child inside the car in the company parking lot and got the man to unlock the car.
When the baby was unresponsive, one of the two men called 911 and the other attempted to resuscitate the baby, Hanwell said.
Police and an ambulance crew could not revive the baby, who was pronounced dead at Medina General Hospital. Doctors at the hospital recorded the boy's temperature at 108 degrees, Grabenstetter said.
The outside temperature when the child was left in the car was 76 degrees. It had climbed to 83 degrees by the time the employee spotted the baby strapped to his car seat.
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