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Father, 10-month-old son found dead in car outside Georgia Waffle House

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Police were called to the Waffle House on Highway 36 on Nov. 14 around 6:30 a.m. after someone reported people passed out inside the car.

— Police say a young father and his 10-month-old son died after being found unresponsive in a car in front of a Butts County Waffle House.

Police were called to the Waffle House on Highway 36 Saturday around 6:30 a. m. after someone reported multiple people passed out inside the car.

Police found a man in the driver’s seat, a woman in the passenger’s seat and a baby in a car seat in the back seat.

The infant, 10-month-old Sawyer Gage McKinzie, was also not breathing and pronounced dead at the scene.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes spoke to police, who said McKinzie worked at the Waffle House and got off of work around midnight.

Payne got in the car around 2:30 a. m. , police said.

McKinzie’s mother found all three passed out in the car around 6 a. m. and called police.

Police said they believe a carbon monoxide leak in the car lead to the McKinzie’s deaths.

“Checking the exhaust system on the car, we were figuring that more than likely, it was carbon monoxide,” lead investigator Richard Gandy said.

“The car was found with the switch on but it wasn’t running. ” Investigators said McKinzie knew there was a problem with the exhaust and had already bought the parts to fix it, but they hadn’t come yet.

Gandy said McKinzie likely had no idea that the problem could be deadly.

Gandy let Fernandes look at the car.

Police said an exhaust pipe that was supposed to let the deadly gas out was cut off underneath the car, which caused it to fill with fumes.

Family members said Sawyer McKinzie is survived by his mother, Kristi Marie Walker.

Shocked,” Gandy said.

McKinzie had worked at the Waffle House for a decade, according to his obituary.

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