Parents of Florence Toddler Charged in Death

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By Alicia Barnes

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) _ The parents of a Florence toddler who died earlier this year after being left in a hot car have been arrested and charged with neglect.

Florence County sheriff's deputies say 57-year-old Joe Kennedy and 44-year-old Ruthene Kennedy were arrested Wednesday.

Sheriff's Maj. Mike Nunn said Thursday the couple is accused of leaving 13-month-old Jeremiah Kennedy in a car seat in the vehicle with the windows closed for about an hour and a half. Nunn said they took boy to a hospital where he died three days later.

Coroner Keith von Lutcken said the child had no visible injuries. He said an autopsy indicated the boy died from hyperthermia.

Nunn did not say why the boy had been left in the car.

It was not clear whether the Kennedys have attorneys.

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