A BABY died from heatstroke after being “cooked” in a boiling hot car while his parents and grandmother got high, it has been claimed.
Isaiah Neil, eight months, was found unresponsive by his father after being trapped inside the vehicle for three hours, a court has been told.
The tragedy is said to have happened in Ruatoki, New Zealand, on November 2, 2015.
Isaiah’s mum, Lacey Te Whetu, and dad, Shane Neil, have reportedly pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
They are both said to be key witnesses in the case against Te Whetu’s mother – the boy’s grandmother – Donna Catherine Parangi, who has denied manslaughter.
“We cooked the baby… because we left him in the car”
However the cause of death remains unclear amid claims a post-mortem examination found bruises and an adult bite mark on Isaiah’s body.
Giving evidence during Parangi’s trial at the High Court in Hamilton, Neil told of the devastating moment he discovered his son strapped in his car seat “lifeless” and “saturated with sweat”.
According to the NZ Herald, Neil allegedly told police “We cooked the baby… because we left him in the car,” the jury was told.
He told how they went into “full panic mode” after finding their son dead.
“He was gone. Lacey was trembling, screaming, out of control.
“I was in shock, I didn’t really say anything,” Neil told the court.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and tried to resuscitate Isaiah but he sadly could not be saved.
Neil admitted he was “very stoned” on the day his son died – and conceded under cross examination how that made it difficult to remember exactly what happened.
Parangi told cops she left the doors open to ventilate the car.
She claims Neil is an unreliable witness because he has changed several times.
The trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks, continues.