UPDATE: On August 17, the Fort Smith Police Department reported that the child was three years old. The body is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident as they wait for the Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death. The latest release from police states that “initial reports indicated that this may have been a heat-related death.”

Stay with KNWA/FOX24 for more updates.


FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — At 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, Fort Smith Police responded to a call at a local hospital that stemmed from the 3600 block of Boone Avenue.

According to a report from the department, investigators learned that a child had been left inside a car. An undisclosed person reportedly broke out one of the car windows and took the child to the hospital.

The child was later pronounced dead. Fort Smith Police, including the Crisis Intervention Unit, have responded to the hospital.

Investigators are at a location on Boone Avenue as well. Their investigation is ongoing and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.