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A Florida man with Down syndrome died in a hot car, after the caregiver has taken on the herbal supplement, kratom, overdose on, and went to sleep, authorities said.
Joshua Russell, 26, was on Friday arrested and charged of one count of aggravated manslaughter of a disabled adult, a, in the May 9 death of John LaPointe, in Seminole, Fla., the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
LaPointe was a group home resident, where Russell worked.
John LaPointe, left, who died in a hot car in May. Joshua Russell is charged with the Friday murder, in connection with the death.
(Sorenson Funeral Home/Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
“Let’s call it what it is, this poor guy fired in the vehicle,” Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said, according to Fox 13 In Tampa.
The temperature inside the car reached 125 degrees, Gualtieri said.
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He said LaPointe was non-verbal, unable to care for themselves, and had the cognitive abilities of a 1-year-old.
A news release from the sheriff’s said that on the day, LaPointe’s death, Russell has been responsible for taking him to a doctor’s appointment in the group-home of.
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After the doctor’s visit, Russell was stopped by his house to participate in, authorities said.
Back in the van, Russell, ill. Then he went back to his house, parked it in the driveway, and dozed off in the driver’s seat with a LaPointe was still seat-belted in the back seat, according to a press release.
For more than two hours later, Russell woke up drenched in sweat, the press release said.
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“Russell notes, LaPointe was slumped over and unresponsive,” he said.