Jason Boyd is the brother of the 3 year old toddler's mother. He is speaking out on behalf of the grieving family. They have asked that their names not be released and 13 is honoring their request. Boyd says the family is grieving deeply. He says that his sister loved her children dearly.
Boyd says when his sister discovered the children were missing she went into a panic. She got in her truck and drove around looking for them. He says he believes it is what any mother would have done. Boyd said there were seven officers looking for the children and while it is hard to believe no one saw them in the car it is simply the truth. He says one officer was even checking the boat that sat next to the car and he didn't see the little girl in the back seat of the vehicle. "This is a tragedy," said Boyd.
Boyd also said his sister is struggling with the comments that people have made on-line about her. He said that no matter how much they wish they could go back and change what happened they simply cannot. Boyd said his sister and her husband are having trouble sleeping. "It's heartbreaking. She loved them very much," said Boyd.
The Shawnee County Coroner's Office said the children were healthy and the cause of death was Hyperthermia or heat stroke.
"When I think about it, it's a terrible accident. But it's absolutely plausible," said Boyd. He said he can see them getting into the car and hiding from their mom when she was looking for them.
A memorial fund is being set up to help with funeral costs for the toddlers. We will provide that information as soon as it becomes available.