Baby Dies in Hot Car

June 24, 2006--Posted at 12:45 pm CST

DE QUEEN- The 14 month old son of a community college official in De Queen died Friday after spending four hours inside his mother's car at the college.

Zachary Bowden was airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital at Little Rock on Thursday after his mother, Kristin Bowden, discovered she had left him in her car from 8 am to noon. She was attending a summer school program for high school students at Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas.

The toddler's mother is vice chancellor and dean of academic services at the college. The Pulaski County coroner's office at Little Rock said Zachary was pronounced dead at 4:16 am yesterday.

National Weather Service records show that the official temperature at De Queen rose from 77 degrees at 8 a-m Thursday to 89 degrees at noon.

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