Boy, 3, dies in hot car at drive-thru after gran ‘forgot’ him

A three-year-old has died after his own grandmother forgot about him and left him in a baking hot car at a Wendy's drive-thru in Columbus, Georgia.

Three-year-old Kendrick Engram Jr, three, was found dead by his uncle after being left in the back of the car for about two hours and 45 minutes.

At the time, temperatures in the area were between 32C and 35C.

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The tragic child died of asphyxiation in the back of the vehicle, according to the Muscogee County Coroner's Office.

Speaking to local media, Coroner Buddy Bryan said Kendrick had spent most of Sunday with his relatives, including three sisters and his grandmother.

After the family returned home, it took his grandmother three hours to realise he was missing.

Coroner Bryan said: "Everyone went in the house except the little boy.

"The grandmother went into the bedroom, the other children went into the kitchen area to eat. Then the children were in and out, playing … just like kids do.”

Upon noticing Kendrick missing at 8.15pm the grandmother asked the other children if they had seen the little boy but none had.

Searching for answers, Kendrick's grandmother called his uncle, who was now in the car the boy had been riding in earlier that day.

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The man, who was at a drive-thru Wendy's restaurant checked the back of the car and, after initially failing to spot Kendrick, found him in the third-row seat of the Nissan SUV.

The toddler was pronounced dead around 9pm that night.

Six other children have died after being left in hot cars in the USA this year, and Kendrick is the second in Georgia.

"Just be aware. Just be aware. If you're an adult, be responsible," Bryan said.

"The children are innocent. They can't help themselves and when you have a child that puts the responsibility on you."

As of Tuesday, it remains unclear if the family will face charges for the three-year-old's death.

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