Father charged with “aggravated manslaughter” after toddler son dies in hot truck

A FATHER has been arrested and charged over the death of his toddler son who died after being left locked in a hot pickup truck for eight hours.

Sheriff spokesman Kavontae Smalls told local media Troy Whitaker, 41, left his Palm Harbor house on Friday morning with his 5-year-old daughter and 23-month-old son in the car.

The 41-year-old dropped his daughter off at school, but forgot to drop his son off at daycare, Smalls said. He then ran errands around town and didn’t notice his son in the backseat until later that afternoon when he was back home.


Officials said the boy was in the truck from about 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The boy’s father – a firefighter with the nearby Hillsborough County Fire Department – was unloading groceries from his car when he noticed his son still strapped in his car seat.

Police told reporters the man dropped the groceries and frantically removed his child from the vehicle before trying desperately to revive him.

The distraught father performed CPR on his son before paramedics arrived, but sadly he could not be saved.

The 41-year-old has since been charged with aggravated manslaughter.