Richmond police investigate 6-year-old boy's death after he's found inside family vehicle

RICHMOND, Texas (KTRK) -- A 6-year-old boy's death Friday afternoon is serving as a stark reminder for southeast Texas families about the punishing heat during the weekend ahead.

The Richmond Police Department said officers responded to a call of an unresponsive child in the 100 block of Douglas Street.

According to police, the victim's family noticed he was missing and later found him a family vehicle.

Family members rushed the child to the Oak Bend Emergency Room, where he was pronounced dead.

Police told Eyewitness News the vehicle was off and hot when the boy was found. The incident is being investigated as heat-related.

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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.