PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) - An Oakland County man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly left his 16-month-old son in a hot car on Thursday. The young boy was killed by the intense heat.
Henry Ogene has been charged with Child Abuse - Leaving a Child in a Vehicle Resulting in Death. Police have determined the boy was in the car for 5 hours.
The child has been identified as Odeshi Ogene. His family released the following statement:
The family of Odeshi Ogene would like to thank you all for your prayers and expressions of sympathy and condolences but we would appreciate the opportunity to privately process this great and painful loss. There’s no pain greater than the pain caused by the loss of a child, and for it to occur so suddenly and under such tragic circumstances makes this grieving process even harder. Again, thank you for your continued prayers.
Sheriff Mike Bouchard says Odeshi Ogene was burned on one side of his face from the sun which was magnified by the car window.
The sheriff also says Henry Ogene told investigators he put his son in the car to run some errands went back into the house and forgot his son.
He was discovered when the mother, Henry's wife, came home from work. She called 911.
Odeshi is their only child.
The charge issued by the prosecutor has a 15-year year sentence.
Ogene was arraigned in front of a judge Saturday morning.
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