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Anna dad arrested after toddler found in hot car

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ANNA, Texas -

The father of the 2-year-old child who was found inside a hot car has been arrested.

Collin County officials confirmed Joshua Cartee was taken into custody and charged with injury to a child. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

His son Jorden remains in critical condition at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. 

Jorden was found around 2:30 p.m. Thursday in a vehicle parked outside the family's home in the 9300 block of Highway 121. He was unconscious but breathing. Even if he survives, he may have permanent damage.

Two neighbors said the father came knocking on their door, asking if they saw anyone around. He told them he had noticed the back door was open and he thought someone had kidnapped the boy.

"He seemed distraught," Lisa Decker said. "And he said, 'My baby is missing. My baby is gone.'"

They walked around to the front yard, and Sonya Sparkman suggested they look in the cars.

"She walked over and opened the door, and there he was in the floorboard," Sparkman said. "I thought, look in the cars first. But the windows were all up and he was you know, drenched and blue. He wasn't breathing really well," she said.

Family members now believe Jorden was in the car for about 30 minutes. It was about 94 degrees outside at the time.

Child Protective Services is looking into what happened.

A spokeswoman said the agency does have history with the family because Jorden got out of the house and was found wandering around outside in July. The case was closed after the family agreed to make some safety changes to prevent him from getting out again.

"We did notify the family of our intent to file for temporary legal custody of him even though he is still in the hospital. We want make sure that no matter what happens, wherever he goes, from there is going to be a safe place if he does in fact pull through," said Marissa Gonzales with CPS.

However Jorden's mom Jennifer Kindle thinks the CPS workers are against her. "They have took away my rights to make any decision on my son's health. I cannot make a decision if they pull the plug or anything," said Kindle.


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