First responders answered one of those tough calls they dread so much on Sept. 12, a child in trouble. This call, however, came from the man who was eventually arrested for putting that child in harm’s way.
On Monday, two-year-old Jorden Cartee died as a result of being trapped in a hot car.
Joshua Alan Cartree called 911 on Sept. 12 to report that his two-year-old son had been found in the back floorboard of a hot car.
The child was found by a neighbor who was helping the father search for the child. By the time emergency crews arrived on the scene in the 9300 block of Sam Rayburn Parkway (SH 121) in Anna, the boy was unconscious but breathing.
Authorities said it was not known how long the boy had been in the vehicle before the 911 call came in. The child was taken by air ambulance to Children’s Medical Center where he passed on Monday, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
On Sept. 13, authorities arrested Joshua Cartee, 32, on charges of injury to a child, a second degree felony. Bond has been set at $100,000 but charges may be upgraded in the wake of the child’s passing.
According to reports, Child Protective Services had investigated the family previously. According to those reports, someone passing by the home in July found the two-year-old wandering the property alone. CPS had been working with the family on better supervision, and reports indicate that the case was recently closed.