Elizabeth Marie Barhonovich, 28, of Vancleave, Mississippi has been charged with second-degree murder following her 10-month-old son's death. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that the child, Kash Barhonovich, died last Thursday after he was left in his mother's hot car, parked outside her home, for an unknown length of time.
Authorities said the preliminary autopsy results show that Kash's death was consistent with hyperthermia - having dangerously overheated body, usually in response to prolonged hot, humid weather.
Elizabeth, who was jailed Tuesday without bond on the second-degree murder charge, made her first court appearance Wednesday morning, without an attorney, and did not enter a plea, according to the sheriff's office.
National Safety Council reports say that children's bodies heat up quickly and their internal organs begin to shut down after their core body temperature reaches 104 degrees. So far this year 15 children have died, including Kash.