State Police investigating death of Booneville 3-year old

Local law enforcement officials today referred all inquires about the death of a 3-year old in Booneville on Monday to the Arkansas State Police.

According to a news release issued this afternoon, the Arkansas State Police is investigating the death of the 3-year-old girl and injury to her 15-month old sister.

The release states both are the apparent victims of heat while they were inside a car parked outside their mother’s home in Booneville Monday afternoon.

Kaylee Petchenik, 21, of West Fifth Street in Booneville contacted local police about 2 p.m. stating that when she awoke from a nap, her children were missing.

A Booneville police officer who responded to the residence found the children, both unconscious, lying on the car’s back floorboard, the release states.

Laykn Petchenik was later pronounced dead at a Booneville hospital. Her body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for purposes of an autopsy.

A Booneville area Facebook account currently has a funding link posted to assist with funeral expenses for the 3-year old.

Olivia Petchenik remains hospitalized in Little Rock. She is in stable, but critical condition the news release states.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are leading the investigation and will submit a case file to the Logan County prosecuting attorney for consideration, the news release states.

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“Any time there’s a loss of a child, it’s just a very tragic event no matter if it’s by natural means or by accident or by some other means,” he said.