SHAWNEE, OK — Family members say Kashen Oaks was a curious, adventure seeker. Like most three-year-old’s, he loved to explore.
Detective Mike Carnell said “He plays in cars on the grounds where they live. He gets in and out, playing. You shouldn’t be allowed to do that.”
His curiosity and the sweltering Oklahoma heat proved deadly last last week.
According to detectives, the babysitter thought the little boy was inside the house watching cartoons. But he somehow sneaked outside, climbed into the family’s Chevy Impala, and strapped himself into his car seat.
The mother’s fiance told detectives he was working in the garage, unaware the little boy was trapped. The man who called 911 said, “He climbed into the car and nobody knew it and he just sat there until he got hot and he’s not; I don’t know if he’s breathing or not.”
The family estimates the boy had been in the car less than 15 minutes, but the 90F degree temperatures outside soared to 125F in the car.
Carnell said, “The car had a glass sunroof which was like a magnifying glass, [that] heats it up even more.”
Authorities say it’s a reminder to all parents how quickly child’s play and our sweltering heat can turn tragic.
“If you just keep your vehicles locked to where they can’t get in them, three-year-old’s are curious. If he can get in a car he’s going to get in it,” Detective Mike Carnell explains.
The medical examiner is investigating to determine the official cause of death. No charges have been filed against the family.