An Oklahoma City woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her 5-year-old grandson, whom she left in a hot car while she spent about six hours in a tribal casino.

Last summer, after her 5-year-old grandson died suddenly, Alanna Jean Orr mourned on social media over the loss of her grandson. A federal grand jury blamed the 50-year-old Orr for the boy’s death.

Orr is accused of leaving her grandson Maddox Ryan Durbin in a car on June 21 while she gambled for more than six hours in the Kickapoo Casino in Harrah. Court records show that Orr pleaded guilty to the charge of second-degree murder on Tuesday. Orr admitted that she caused the death of the boy by leaving him alone in a car. She is facing life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The crime was subject to federal jurisdiction because Orr and the young boy were of Native American descent and the incident took place on tribal land.

According to federal prosecutors, video surveillance shows that Orr arrived at the casino at 1:23 p.m. and left at 7:28 p.m. The temperature on that hot Oklahoma afternoon topped 93 degrees.

15 minutes after leaving the casino parking lot, Orr called 911 reporting that her grandson had choked and was at that time, not breathing. When Harrah police officer arrived on the scene, they tried CPR in an attempt to resuscitate the small boy, but they noted that rigor mortis, or a stiffening of the muscles,  had already begun to set in.

“In 2018, 52 children died in hot cars. It was the deadliest year on record in the past 20 years. Since 1998, almost 800 children have died from vehicular heatstroke; 24% occurred in employer parking lots while the parent or caregiver was at work. Parents and caregivers can act immediately to end these preventable deaths.” – National Safety Council

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