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Death of Boy, 10, Under Investigation in Dallas

Thursday, Aug 4, 2011  |  Updated 10:45 AM CDT
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Police want to know if triple-digit heat contributed to the death of a 10-year-old boy in the 5500 block of Elm Leaf Court.

Susy Solis, NBCDFW.com

Police want to know if triple-digit heat contributed to the death of a 10-year-old boy in the 5500 block of Elm Leaf Court.

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Dallas police say the heat wave may have contributed to the death of a 10-year-old boy found unresponsive at a home.

Sr. Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey said Tuesday that the house has no central air conditioning and is cooled by window units and fans.

Jeffrey says the boy was pronounced dead late Monday at a hospital. His mother told police that the child complained of being hot and she tried to cool him by putting him into a tub of cold water.

Jeffrey, who had no information on how hot it was inside the residence, says police did not observe any signs of abuse of the boy. An autopsy has been ordered.

Child Protective Services has been contacted and two other children at the home have been placed with relatives.

Forecasters say Monday was the 24th straight day of temperatures at 100 degrees or higher in North Texas.

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