During a news conference on Tuesday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said that their father — who has yet to be identified and will not be in light of not being charged with a crime — is an employee at a local manufacturing plant. Lott explained that the father was dealing with “some intense pressure” at his job prior to the tragic incident.
It’s a horrible, tragic accident that happened that day,” he said. “The father was under some intense pressure at work that really had his mind somewhere else that day, One Dad Lott told the public. “In his mind, he really believed he dropped the two boys off at daycare. There was no doubt in his mind that he’d done that.
On the day of the incident, the heat index in the car was 120 degrees on Richland County Coroner Nadia Rutherford said during the conference that the boys likely did not suffer. She added the tragedy “didn’t take long” to occur. The boys’ manner of death was ruled accidental and their cause of death is listed as hyperthermia per an autopsy report.