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No criminal charges filed in child's heat death

June 21, 2005

Albany-- District Attorney Investigators say that the death of a 17-month-old boy was a tragedy, but there will be no criminal charges brought against his father.

Prosecutors say they concluded their investigation this morning, and blame the heat for the death of the toddler.

Paramedics found 17-month-old Malik Carter severely overheated and in cardiac arrest at this home on Mercedes Drive last Wednesday about 6:30 PM. His father, 24-year-old Willie Perry and the boy had been napping on one of the hottest afternoons so far this year.

The high temperature was 95 degrees, with the heat index between 105 and 115 degrees. The home has a window air conditioner, but it was not working. Investigators say the toddler's body could not withstand the heat in the home.

Prosecutors say this is the first heat death in Albany in two years.


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