Palmetto family mourning death of Lee County boy, 3

Kyrese Dwayne Anderson was left in car accidentally

rdymond@bradenton.comJune 24, 2013 

PALMETTO -- An extended Palmetto family was in mourning Sunday after the death of a 3-year-old boy from Lehigh Acres near Fort Myers.

A woman who came to the door at a neatly landscaped home in the 2700 block of Fifth Avenue East in Palmetto said no one in the family could bear to talk about how Kyrese Dwayne Anderson died after being in a car parked at the home for three hours Saturday.

"Not now," the woman said.

The home was filled with mourners as the sky opened up and lightning crackled.

They were there to grieve over Kyrese, who died in an apparent mix-up while his parents attended a funeral, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies say Robert, 29, and Amanda Jo Anderson, 30, Kyrese's parents, had driven separate cars to a babysitter's house to drop off three children before they went to the funeral, It's unclear what

funeral the Andersons were attending in Palmetto.

It is not known if the babysitter was in the Fifth Avenue East home in Palmetto.

Deputies confirmed two children, ages 4 and 5, did arrive at a babysitter's home but Kyrese did not.

Authorities were toldeach parent thought the other had dropped the youngest child at a babysitter's house.

No one has been charged in the death, however the investigation is ongoing, the sheriff's office said.

"This appears to be a tragic accident," Dave Bristow, a sheriff's office spokesman, wrote in an e-mail.

An autopsy on the victim will be performed Monday, according to Bristow.

The Lee County Property Appraiser lists the Anderson's residence as the 3100 block of 19th Street West in Lehigh Acres.

Deputies responded to a 911 call at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday concerning a non-responsive child in the 2700 block of Fifth Avenue East, Palmetto.

Paramedics pronounced the child dead at the scene.

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