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Criminal charges to be considered in boy's hiking death

An autopsy report said Cody Flom died due to "exposure to excessive outdoor heat." (Source: Flom Family) An autopsy report said Cody Flom died due to "exposure to excessive outdoor heat." (Source: Flom Family)
Cody Flom was on a hike with his mother's boyfriend in temperatures that exceeded 110 degrees. (Source: Flom Family) Cody Flom was on a hike with his mother's boyfriend in temperatures that exceeded 110 degrees. (Source: Flom Family)
Cody Flom became ill after hiking in the heat and later died at the hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Cody Flom became ill after hiking in the heat and later died at the hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office will consider criminal charges in the case of a 12-year-old boy who died after hiking last summer.

Cody Flom was hiking in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve with his mother's boyfriend in July when he collapsed in the 110-degree heat. He later died at the hospital.

Phoenix police said Friday they are submitting the case for criminal prosecution.

"I think about the actual passing," said Cody's father, Brian. "What a disgusting way to go."

[Raw video: Family of boy who died on hot hike reacts to autopsy report]

Brian Flom addressed the media in front of the hiking trail Friday morning before the announcement from police. Flom has insisted his ex-wife and her boyfriend are culpable in Cody's death.

"It's all the decision-making and things that happened up until then that happened that day that just is almost unbelievable," Flom said.

Flom held the press conference to comment on the release of his son's autopsy report this week. The medical examiner's report ruled Cody's death as an accident. Flom said he was not surprised by the findings.

"If you read the statutes on negligent homicide and manslaughter, they're there for a reason," Flom said. He said if criminal charges do not come down, he will pursue other legal avenues to get justice for his son.

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