The parents of a 2-year-old child found dead inside a parked car at a Dothan home were under the influence of intoxicants when the boy slipped out of the house and into a parked car in temperatures approaching the mid 90s, according to police.
Robert Patrick King, 36, and Melinda King, 37, both of Dothan, are charged with manslaughter, according to Dothan Police Capt. Will Benny.
Robert King was recently arrested on a charge of first-degree possession of marijuana, not long after two-year-old Castiel King was found dead inside the family’s Mazda vehicle parked on Lace Drive off Prevatt Road Friday.
Benny said Melinda King is also being charged with a first-degree possession of marijuana.
According to Alabama law, a person commits the crime of manslaughter if he or she recklessly causes the death of another person. Manslaughter is a Class B felony. Punishment for conviction of a Class B felony can include prison sentences of between two and 20 years and a maximum fine of $30,000.
Investigators believe two-year-old Castiel King climbed into the vehicle about 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon and stayed there until an older sibling found him about four hours later.
Paramedics rushed the toddler to Southeast Health where he was pronounced dead.
“During the investigation and the preliminary autopsy report it has been determined we have enough evidence that shows probable cause (for an arrest),” Benny said.
Benny said it would be some time before the official autopsy report is released to law enforcement.
The Kings will have a $30,000 bond amount on the manslaughter charge and Melinda King will also have a $15,000 bond amount for first-degree possession of marijuana.
Robert Patrick King will be represented by Dothan attorney Joey Sheffield.