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Mar 25, 2013

Child dies in hot locked vehicle

Jahrion Lightfoot

The parents of an infant from Dangriga are grappling with his death tonight. The four-year-old child tragically perished on Saturday morning in the most unusual circumstances. In fact, it is believed that it is only the second death of this nature to have occurred in the country. Saturday’s scorching temperature led to the child’s death, whom unbeknown to his family, had locked himself up in a car parked in their yard. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Joseph Lightfoot, Father of Deceased

“He’s my favorite son.  I gave him everything.  I don’t know how to explain it but, you know, I was here living for him, you know, back and forth to the States but I cannot live in the States because I gave all my life for him, you know.  He’s my only last kid.”


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A desperate search for four-year-old Jahrion Lightfoot by a concerned party of his parents, sibling and other relatives, in the oppressive mid-morning heat on Saturday, proved fruitless.  That was until someone within the group decided to peer inside this parked Toyota Camry.


Joseph Lightfoot

Joseph Lightfoot

“Apparently his mom was upstairs and had no knowledge that he was [outside playing].  [She] thought that the kid was with me.  Apparently the brother came home and she asked and the brother said that he didn’t have the kid.  So what happened is she called me and when she called me I told her that I didn’t have him.”


Immediately the child’s mother, forty-six year old Joan Garcia, set out in search of him.  Accompanied by her elder son Adrian, they scoured the yard and when the infant did not turn up they expanded their pursuit.


Adrian Garza, Brother of Deceased

“She borrowed my bike and she went looking all around in the neighborhood asking for Jahrion.  Where is Jahrion?  Nobody’s seen Jahrion but there was the neighbor’s bus.  They always like, usually they would just go out and ride ‘bout with the kids noh because you know how kids and vehicle go.  Well my brother he loved cars.”


Despite his fascination with vehicles, Jahrion was not aboard the neighbor’s church bus.


Adrian Garza

Adrian Garza

“My ma came looking, she went by the seaside, went by the church because that’s a church bus, went all over, all over.”


Exhausted from combing the area, they sat on the front steps of the residence.  While there an aunt decided to look inside the vehicle which has been parked here for almost three weeks.  It was the last place they expected to find him.


Joseph Lightfoot

“That’s one day I opened the car so it could air out because of the heat, so I leaved the doors open.  So apparently he got in the car, [we] had no knowledge that he was in the car so the door was closed but like I said before the car is not operating so we didn’t expect him to be in the car.”


Adrian Garza

“My Auntie Margaret, Deonicio and my mom came and when they looked in the back of the car [they] saw my brother right there [with] foam coming out of his mouth.  So they rushed him to the hospital, about ten minutes after [he was pronounced] dead.”


Jahrion, it is believed, died as a result of a heat stroke.  Inside the vehicle are signs that he may have attempted frantically to break free of its sweltering interior.  The temperature along the coast over the weekend was brutal, hovering in the upper eighties and nineties.


Frank Tench Jr., Forecaster, National Meteorological Service

Frank Tench Jr.

“We were in a dry spell going into the weekend and the forecast for the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, we were forecasting particularly high and hot temperatures with Sunday being the hotter of the two weekend days.”


Isani Cayetano

“In cases like these where there is extreme heat, what are some of the precautionary measures that can be taken in terms of either staying cool or in terms of dealing or coping with the heat?”


Frank Tench Jr.

“We often advise the public during these dry and hot weather episodes to take extra precaution in terms of drinking lots of fluids and staying in the shade as much as possible and we also advise members of the public to pay particular attention to the elderly and the infirmed and, by extension, young children, who, probably, would not be very conscious of the conditions in which they are playing or existing in.”


Dangriga police are currently investigating this unfortunate case of sudden death. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

A postmortem to determine the precise cause of death is scheduled for later this week.

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13 Responses for “Child dies in hot locked vehicle”

  1. Bear says:

    What a terrible accident. I feel so much empathy for this poor family. Join my in prayers for the child’s soul, and comfort for the family.

  2. Louisville, Ky. says:

    I did not know the infant but his Dad and I go way back, all the way back to the days of Mad Max and Harlem Square. What a tragedy, what a cruel way to die…
    It goes without saying that the pain untimely death brings is indeed brutal but keep your head up Lightfoot, your child has the hope of a ressurection to better times.
    My deepest condolences to you and your family at this time, Old Timer.

  3. LA says:

    My heart goes out to the family, I cry reading this news. I have a 4year old also, my whole world will come to an end if I should lost my baby!

  4. Belizean says:

    Lord be the Comfort for this family! Jesus knows how they feel, I surely dont..Must be too painful

  5. RadicalBelizean says:

    So sorry for your tragic lost. My sincere sympathy goes out to the entire family.

  6. OriginalWoman says:

    Reaaly sad story. My condolences and sympathy to this family.

  7. OriginalWoman says:

    This is such sad story….sending my prayers, condolences and symphaty to the family.

  8. Storm says:

    I share all of the condolences; I have a 4 year old myself, and can’t begin to imagine the pain I would suffer if anything happened to him.

    We can draw a lesson from the accident, though, to secure our cars when they’re not in use. I read the news from the States regularly, and they often have campaigns to encourage parents to check their property for possible traps, like abandoned or unlocked cars, old refrigerators kids can climb into, and more. Good advice for us, too, if it saves one life.

  9. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    So sad, very sad indeed, also most sincere condolence to the loving family. God take the Soul and comfort the family.
    Also, let us take good care of our kids, don`t rely on “maybe” he is with the others, go and SEE him along with the others, please do it.

  10. Diva Rom says:

    I have a little son that age I could not imagine him not being around anymore I could just imagine the pain the family is going through,the little boy is my neighbor he was always smiling he was energetic and outgoing.

  11. Obeah Man says:

    Dis dah wah terrible thing whe happen to di li bwoy pero the sins of fuh he pa Lightfoot has unfortunately ketch ah .. Sad …… Lightfoot say he go back and forth to the US without any legit papers .sneaking into the US oooh and he onli theif .. Hmmmm Ask di man lightfoot whe part he me lef mi bally Sherlock Ramos … Bambi 2 months ago ?? Everybody ya dah Griga know lightfoot dah wah scamp ….. somebody just do fu he !@@$ up I tell u …

  12. Myrtle Antonio says:

    I’m really sorry to hear what happened to my little cousin, me and his dad goes way back, especially in California, Lightfoot his a very nice person, and i have much love, and respect for him. my condolence to you and your family I’m truely sorry that that happened. Love you my little cousin rest in peace.

  13. Back-A-Town says:

    sorry for the lost of the little……they all my neighbor….im familiar with the family…the kid mom was my teacher back home…soo… so sad. My condolences to Joan and LightFoot.

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