By Brian New

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BURLESON (CBSDFW.COM) – A missing five-year-old autistic Burleson boy died Sunday after being found unresponsive in the family’s hot car.

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A Burleson police officer found the young boy about an hour after the family first called authorities to report him missing.

Zachary Elshaarawy’s father said his son was severely autistic and had wandered from his home.

After 15 minutes of unsuccessfully searching for him, the boy’s grandmother called police for help.

Officers, along with nearly a dozen neighbors, searched for another 45 minutes before finding the boy in clear sight inside the family’s car parked in front of their home.

“We went to several places where we know he normally goes, but we didn’t find him.”,” said the boy’s grieving father, Derek Elshaarawy. “I don’t know how I’m going to live.  It’s terrible.”


5-year-old autistic child found in hot car in Burleson. (Brian New - CBS11)

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Elshaarawy said his son had wandered off from their home before but had never gotten into the family’s car by himself.

Zachary Elshaarawy was supposed to start kindergarten this week.

Police said when the officer found the boy the doors to the car were unlocked.

The sergeant removed the unconscious child from the car. Firefighters tried to cool him and started CPR.

MedStar rushed the boy to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth just after 2 p.m., but he later died.

The air temperature was approximately 100 degrees at the time of the search.

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