Parents of toddler who died in hot car arrested on manslaughter charges

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Dothan (WTVY)-- The parents of a boy found dead in a hot car face manslaughter charges.

Robert and Melinda King have been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of their 2-year-old child. (Source: Dothan Police Department)

Manslaughter, under Alabama law, occurs when a person recklessly causes the death of another person.

Police arrested Robert and Melinda King Tuesday, four days after their 2-year old son, Castiel King, was discovered in the family car.

Video surveillance shows that the toddler walked out of his home about 3:15 Friday afternoon, opened the car door, and got inside. He was found about 7:15 by an older sibling.

It is our determination that they were under the influence of an intoxicant when their child died,” said Dothan Police Captain Will Benny.

Citing an ongoing investigation, Benny declined to reveal the intoxicant.

However, when police searched the King’s home, on the day the boy died, they found marijuana. Robert and Melissa King are charged with possessing the illegal drug.

Benny said the parents had been asleep in their home when the boy got in their car.

Recreating the scene Monday when weather conditions were similar, police said temperatures reached in excess of 100 degrees.

Robert and Melinda King will be taken to the Houston County Jail where they are expected to post bond.