Father of child who died after hot hike wants answers - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Father of child who died after hot hike wants answers

Brian Flom is mourning the loss of his 12-year-old son Cody but also wants answers about what happened on the mountain where he died. (Source: KTVK) Brian Flom is mourning the loss of his 12-year-old son Cody but also wants answers about what happened on the mountain where he died. (Source: KTVK)
Cody was a math whiz and was in the Boy Scouts. (Source: KTVK) Cody was a math whiz and was in the Boy Scouts. (Source: KTVK)
Cody was a Boy Scout and heading into the seventh grade. (Source: The Flom Family) Cody was a Boy Scout and heading into the seventh grade. (Source: The Flom Family)
Cody Flom was hiking in the heat on Friday when he became ill on Friday. He died hours later. (Source: Brian Flom) Cody Flom was hiking in the heat on Friday when he became ill on Friday. He died hours later. (Source: Brian Flom)
Flom was taken to the hospital but later died after hiking in the heat on Friday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Flom was taken to the hospital but later died after hiking in the heat on Friday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Brian Flom is torn between grief and anger. His 12-year-old son, Cody, died on Friday night, after going on a hike in 110-degree weather. And the circumstances surrounding Cody's death leave Brian with lots of questions.

"I have real questions about what happened on the hill," said Flom. "Why? How could you leave him out there to cook?"

The only person who knows the answers is the new boyfriend of Flom's ex-wife. Police have not yet identified him, but according to Flom, the new boyfriend is the man who took Cody hiking in the sweltering heat. The boy was staying with his mother on the day of the hike and Flom says he would never have approved of a hike in Friday's heat.

"I believe this is a negligent homicide caused by incredibly poor judgment and that's the way it needs to be looked at," said Flom.

Phoenix police are investigating the death, as they do every unattended death or those that occur outside of medical care. But 3TV has learned that a detective from the violent crimes bureau is in charge of the case.

According to the few details police have released, Cody and his mother's boyfriend went hiking between 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday in a mountain preserve in north Phoenix. At some point in the afternoon, Cody became ill. The boyfriend told police he was unable to make a cell phone call for help, so he left Cody on the trail and went for help.

[READ MORE: 12-year-old boy who died after hiking in AZ heat was with mother’s boyfriend]

Firefighters arrived and Cody was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital, where he died later that night.

"They were bringing in truckloads of ice to try and cool him down. His core temperature rose to 108 degrees," said Flom, who rushed to the hospital.

But Flom noticed that Cody's body was in bad shape. He says he saw bruises from the boy's neck down to his feet. And there was more.

"His left leg was fully lacerated. There were pieces of his skin missing. His hands, elbows, knees, just completely cut up," said Flom.

The state of Cody's body has caused Flom to wonder whether there is something else that happened on the trail.

"Something doesn't make sense. It will come out, I'm hoping," said Flom.

[READ MORE: UPDATE: 12-year-old boy who collapsed while hiking has died]

Among the questions Flom wants answered:

  • Why didn't the boyfriend carry Cody down the trail?
  • Why couldn't he use a cell phone to call 911? Cody had a functioning cell phone with him.
  • Why was Cody's body in such bad shape?
  • Where did the boyfriend go when he reached the trailhead?

In the meantime, Flom is left with grief over the loss of his only son. A child he describes as funny, polite, a math whiz and a dedicated Boy Scout.

"I'm just going to miss my best friend. The world was a better place with him in it," said Flom.

[RELATED: Troop 439 remembers boy who died while hiking in Phoenix heat]

Brian Flom has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Cody's funeral expenses. You can find it here.

Copyright 2016 KPHO (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • College student walks 20 miles to first day of work, CEO gives him a car

    College student walks 20 miles to first day of work, CEO gives him a car

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:15 AM EDT2018-07-17 11:15:21 GMT
    Walter Carr is tearful as he's surprised with a new car after walking 20 miles to work. (WMBA via CNN)Walter Carr is tearful as he's surprised with a new car after walking 20 miles to work. (WMBA via CNN)

    A dedicated college student walked 20 miles so he could arrive to work on time. 

    A dedicated college student walked 20 miles so he could arrive to work on time. 

  • Avondale couple not happy going solar

    Avondale couple not happy going solar

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:08:00 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:46 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:46:11 GMT
    The Chavez family say they feel like they were misled. (Source: 3TV)The Chavez family say they feel like they were misled. (Source: 3TV)
    The Chavez family say they feel like they were misled. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)The Chavez family say they feel like they were misled. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    An Avondale couple says they were lied to about the benefits of going solar so they called 3 On Your Side to get out of the contract.

    An Avondale couple says they were lied to about the benefits of going solar so they called 3 On Your Side to get out of the contract.

  • $1 million winning lottery ticket sold in Mesa still unclaimed

    $1 million winning lottery ticket sold in Mesa still unclaimed

    Monday, July 16 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:59:55 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:44 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:44:35 GMT
    (Source: Mega Millions)(Source: Mega Millions)
    (Source: Mega Millions)(Source: Mega Millions)

    The Arizona Lottery said the person who bought the winning ticket still hasn't come forward yet.

    The Arizona Lottery said the person who bought the winning ticket still hasn't come forward yet.

  • Social Connect

  • Contact

    AZ Family
  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Local law enforcement honored for finding missing persons

    Local law enforcement honored for finding missing persons

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:11 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:11:58 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:16 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:16:48 GMT
    Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge honored the Trumann Police Dept. for their work in finding a missing teen. (Source: Chief Chad Henson)Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge honored the Trumann Police Dept. for their work in finding a missing teen. (Source: Chief Chad Henson)

    Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge honored law enforcement officers from Trumann and Mississippi County for their roles in finding two missing people in their jurisdictions.

    Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge honored law enforcement officers from Trumann and Mississippi County for their roles in finding two missing people in their jurisdictions.

  • JPD: Suspected car thief had no license to drive

    JPD: Suspected car thief had no license to drive

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:41 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:41:47 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:00:13 GMT
    Diaublique Orlando Robinson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)Diaublique Orlando Robinson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
    Diaublique Orlando Robinson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)Diaublique Orlando Robinson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

    A Jonesboro man accused of taking his neighbor's car out for a "joyride" on two occasions also faces a charge of driving without a license.

    A Jonesboro man accused of taking his neighbor's car out for a "joyride" on two occasions also faces a charge of driving without a license.

  • breaking

    Sheriff's dept. searches for 3 people connected to shooting

    Sheriff's dept. searches for 3 people connected to shooting

    Monday, July 16 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:54:47 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:51 PM EDT2018-07-17 18:51:09 GMT
    Joseph Bramblett and Michelle Bramblett (Source: Independence County Sheriff's Dept./Facebook)Joseph Bramblett and Michelle Bramblett (Source: Independence County Sheriff's Dept./Facebook)

    A shooting Monday night sent one man to the hospital and Independence County sheriff's deputies on the hunt for three people.

    A shooting Monday night sent one man to the hospital and Independence County sheriff's deputies on the hunt for three people.

Powered by Frankly