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Lancaster Co. boy’s death after being trapped in hot car a ‘tragic accident,’ grandfather says

By Rachel Southmayd
rsouthmayd@heraldonline.com
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- courtesy of WSOC-TV
Logan Cox

BUFORD As a Lancaster County family grieves, the story of their little boy, who died days after being pulled from a hot car, is gaining national attention.

Logan Cox’s round, beaming face is on websites across the country, joining a list of young victims who have one thing in common: They died from injuries suffered in a hot car.

Logan died Sunday morning at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The 3-year-old had been in the hospital since Wednesday, when his mother found him in the car in front of their Lancaster County home in the Buford community. His dog, a pit bull/basset hound mix, was with him.

Logan’s family, including his mother, father and grandmother, tried to cool him off with water, according to transcripts from a 911 call. Logan was breathing, they told the operator.

Logan’s grandmother told the 911 operator her daughter, Amanda Bender, “dozed off” and Logan got out of the house and climbed inside a Mitsubishi Galant parked out front of the family’s house.

The next day, Logan wasn’t responding to stimuli like doctors wanted him to, his grandfather, Jimmy Clevinger, told The Herald.

Clevinger, who wasn’t home at the time of the incident, called Logan’s death “a tragic accident.”

“I wish to hell it hadn’t happened,” Clevinger said Monday, his voice breaking.

Amanda Bender told The Herald’s news partner, WSOC-TV, she wanted people to stop judging her.

“I am a very good mother,” she said.

A day after Logan’s death, she said she still feels like she can hear him.

“I just wish he were here with me,” she said.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Department of Social Services are investigating.

Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said an autopsy on Logan should be completed by the end of the week.

Logan was a “sweet, lovely little boy,” Clevinger said. He loved his family, his toys and being outside.

“He was just like a young boy should be,” he said.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072
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