Hot car death: Phoenix dad arrested

April 22, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

A hot car death in Phoenix got a dad arrested. Appearing in court, James Koryor cried after learning that his bond was set at $50,000. According to police, the Phoenix man got drunk and forgot his son, Alpha Koryor, in the car for several hours.

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A Phoenix dad was arrested after getting drunk and leaving his 2-year-old son die in a hot car. James Koryor made his first court appearance today, where he cried like a child, but not for his crime, but because he is unable to pay his bond.

According to reporters, who were present at the hearing in an Arizona court, Koryor wept after learning that his bail was set at $50,000. The 41-year-old father of two told the judge he did not have money for the bond or a lawyer.

Prosecutors are asking for a higher bail because they believe that James Koryor might flee to the African countries of Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana where he has strong family ties. When or if Koryor posts bond, he will not be allowed to consume any alcohol. The judge stated:

“That means you cannot have any alcohol inside any residence that you stay.None. It has to be immediately removed. All of this is to ensure the safety of your family and of the community, and frankly I’d like to ensure that you are protected from yourself.”

The Phoenix dad was arrested after authorities discovered that he left his toddler son in a hot car. Police say the man drove to a liquor store accompanied by his two young children.

The father of the year nominee purchased a bottle of gin, drank it, returned home and fell asleep. James Koryor’s 5-year-old-son was able to get out of the car, and walked to the family home.

However, 2-year-old Alpha Koryor died in the hot car. According to the police, the little boy tried to exit the heated vehicle in vain.

The children’s mother told authorities that her 5-year-old-son told other family members that his little brother was sleeping. So, they assumed that the toddler took a nap with his father.

Police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump explained:

“I think the assumption on their part was that he was probably in the house and he had gone to take a nap.”

Crump said the toddler’s mother found him unconscious in the back seat of the car and he was rushed to a local hospital where he died. The law enforcer revealed that the day the little boy died, temperatures in the Phoenix area had climbed to 90 degrees.

Technology could help prevent kids’ deaths in hot cars, according to a report by CBS.

Smart car seats such as the TOMY International have an iAlert technology that communicates between one of TOMY’s First Years Brand car seats and a smartphone. Wireless proximity sensors can also help distracted parents who have forgotten their kids in the car.

There are two sensors – one part is activated when the child is in their car seat, and the other is with the caretaker. An alarm sounds when the two devices become separated.

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