Trace Means, 5, dies of heat stroke in Texas after his mother abandoned him in the car

A 5-year-old boy died of heat stroke after being left in the back seat of his mother’s car during the sweltering Texas heat, according to a report.

The child, identified by the Daily Mail as Trace Means, died on Monday when 36-year-old Amanda Means left the child in the back seat of a car outside the family home while she was preparing for a birthday party for the older sister child prepared.

Temperatures rose to 100 degrees that day.

According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Means returned home with their two children in the back seat of their car and assumed Trace had gotten out after seeing his sister get out.

Between two and three hours later, she noticed Trace was missing and ran outside to find her son still strapped into a child seat in the back of the car. The mother told police her son usually knows how to unbuckle himself and get out of the car, but the car he died in was a rental vehicle, Gonzalez said.

She was not charged in the tragic incident, but the sheriff’s office is still investigating.

Trace Means and his father
Steve Means, the boy’s father, says he does not want Trace’s mother to be prosecuted for the accident.

According to the Daily Mail, Amanda Means is currently in the process of divorcing her husband, 48-year-old Steve Means.

According to the newspaper, Steve Means had been with his son on Father’s Day, just a day before Trace’s death. While the father is devastated at the loss of his son, he hopes Trace’s mother won’t be charged in what appears to be an accident, his attorney said.

“Steve is a stand-up guy. He’s in tears, he’s beside himself, but the last thing he wants is for Amanda to face a criminal punishment. She’s going through enough,” attorney Gary Block told the newspaper.

“He knows that no matter what happened, she is her mother and that nothing was done on purpose. All he wants to do now is make sure his daughter is okay and that everyone can start healing,” he added.

According to weather forecaster Jan Null, who has tracked such deaths since 1998, Trace became the fifth child in the US to die of heat stroke this year after being left in a car.

His death is also the second such deadly incident in less than a week, after a 3-month-old baby died last Thursday after being left in a hot car in Pennsylvania for several hours. Trace Means, 5, dies of heat stroke in Texas after his mother abandoned him in the car


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