Three-year-old left inside vehicle, unharmed

Published 5:14 am Wednesday, July 11, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell
A joint investigation is being conducted by the Escambia County Sheriffs Department, the Escambia County Regional Child Advocacy Center and the Department of Human Resources concerning a Friday afternoon incident that sent a 3-year-old boy to the hospital.
William "T.J." Kitlica, who will be 3 years old in two weeks, made a full recovery following the Friday mishap. The boy was discovered inside a vehicle at the home where officials estimate he spent two hours in the hot afternoon temperatures.
"Some of the facts are still a little sketchy," said John Gleaton, chief deputy with the Escambia County Sheriffs Department. "An investigation into the incident is still being conducted, but we do know that the child has made a full recovery."
Gleaton said a call came into dispatchers just after 4 p.m. on Friday from 2775 McGougin Road stating the child had been found inside the closed vehicle.
"The person who called our office said the child had gone outside the home and gotten into a vehicle in the yard," Gleaton said. "The windows were rolled up and the child spent what is estimated to be about two hours in the vehicle."
A D.W. McMillan ambulance was dispatched to the home and transported to the Brewton facility. The child was later transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., where he was treated and released, according to officials.
"We are continuing to investigate the incident," said Sgt. Adam Johnson with the Escambia County Child Advocacy Center. "We are conducting the investigation along with the Department of Human Resources in this case."

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