Gillette Man Accused of Leaving Baby in Hot Truck

Gillette Man Accused of Leaving Baby in Hot Truck

GILLETTE (AP) - A 27-year-old Gillette man accused of leaving his infant son locked in a hot truck all day has been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.

Prosecutors say Kaleb Lyton Laatsch forgot to drop his 9-month-old son at day care before work Aug. 16 and left the boy locked in the truck with the windows rolled up for more than eight hours. Court records say Laatsch found his son gurgling and unresponsive after work.

The boy's body temperature had reached 108 degrees, and he was flown to a Denver hospital in critical condition. The Gillette News Record reports the infant still requires 24-hour care and has limited brain function.

Police say Laatsch told them he doesn't know why he accidentally left the boy in the truck. He is expected to appear in court Oct. 14.

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