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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Update: Young boy allegedly locks self in car, dies at scene

  • Tragedy struck a Bethel Acres family this week when a 3-year-old boy was found dead in a vehicle on the family's property.
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    Tragedy struck a Bethel Acres family this week when a 3-year-old boy was found dead in a vehicle on the family's property.
     
    Initial reports from authorities said the boy was with his father, however, updated reports confirmed the child was being watched by his mother’s fiancé.
     
    The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the boy. However, his name was confirmed as Kashen Michael Oaks through an obituary in Sunday’s edition of The Shawnee News-Star.
     
    When authorities arrived at the scene, the mother’s fiancé said the child often climbed in and out of cars while playing. He reported he had been working in his shop while the child played and watched television. According to the mother’s fiancé, Kashen apparently wandered and began climbing in and out of cars, but couldn't get back out of the car once he had closed the door.
     
    The man found him and called 911. However, Kashen reportedly had already died before help could arrive.
     
    Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Carnell said he measured the temperature inside the car, and it was at 125 degrees and climbing. Carnell said the mother’s fiancé estimated Kashen had been in the car less than 15 minutes before he was found.
     
    Carnell encouraged families to keep their cars locked, even at home, so that children cannot climb into them and become stuck.
     
    Carnell added the investigation is ongoing, and the Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of death. The investigation will continue and once a report is completed, it will be handed over to the Pottawatomie County District Attorney's Office, Carnell said.
     
    From there, the D.A. will decide whether or not any charges are warranted.
     
    Watch for updates.

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