Cops say Landon Parrott intentionally left toddler Kyler in a hot car in New Philadelphia

A 1-year-old boy died in a hot car after his father intentionally left him there for five hours, Ohio police said.

The outside temperature was 87 degrees when little Kyler Parrott was strapped into his car seat without drinking and without air conditioning on Thursday, according to authorities.

“We estimate that the inside of the car would have warmed up to about 130 degrees,” New Philadelphia Police Department Det. Capt. Ty Norris told WJW.

Norris said Tyler’s mom is at work and his dad, Landon Parrott, 19, doesn’t want to be disturbed by his son.

“During the interview, it appears that the attempt was not to forget the child, but rather a conscious act so that the child would not be a disturbance in the home,” New Philadelphia Police Chief Michael Goodwin said in a Facebook post.

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Landon Parrott took the child to the emergency room, where he said he only left him in the car while he went to the bathroom, police said.

But investigators said they received video showing Parrott being at his home all day until he came out to pick up his wife and found Kyler unresponsive.

“Heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking to see this before your eyes,” Norris said.

Landon Parrott was charged with murder, manslaughter and child endangerment.

The child’s mother, Vanessa, posted a photo of her son on Facebook with the message: “Mom loves you so much. Fly high, my sweet baby. #justiceforkyler.” A GoFundMe was set up to help her with funeral expenses.

An obituary published online said Kyler “will be remembered for his sweet nature and gentle ways with animals, even at such a young age, and for his enthusiasm for his best friend Mickey Mouse.”

His paternal grandparents urged the community to focus on Kyler’s short life and not the tragic circumstances of his death.

“Justice will be served, but the purpose of this is to draw everyone’s attention to the existence of Kyler Phillip Allen Parrott,” they said in a Facebook post.

“Kyler was an unexpected surprise that changed our world in the best way from the start. We watched his mom, Vanessa Parrott’s belly grow as he prepared for his big entrance.

“I wish I could express the loss I have suffered. He was such an active baby, always so curious. And yes, he enjoyed jamming with Britney during his bath time. We want the world to stop and pay attention to him to know the Kyler name now. Not what happened. Right now it’s about him… look at him… know he was here.” Cops say Landon Parrott intentionally left toddler Kyler in a hot car in New Philadelphia


Hung is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Hung joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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