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Dying Too Young: Banyan Blaze Roberts

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm •  Published: March 26, 2009
Name: Banyan Blaze Roberts

Age: 21 months

Place of residence: Stillwater

Died: June 18, 2006

What happened: On Father's Day, Banyan died of heat exposure after his father left him in a car seat in a vehicle for about an hour. The father, Justin Roberts, had returned home, took two other children inside then became preoccupied, the Payne County undersheriff said. The vehicle had been parked in sunlight with the windows rolled up, according to an autopsy report. Banyan's temperature at the hospital at the time of death was 108.7 degrees.

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