Parents of 4-year-old who died in hot car break their silence


The parents of Dusan Jenkins, 4, who died in July after getting out of the family’s West Haven home with his 2-year-old brother Davion, and locking themselves in the family car are breaking their silence only to News 8 for the first time since the tragedy.   

“I blame myself everyday,” said Dusan Jenkins, the children’s father.

“On the day he died everything has stood still from there,” the boys’ mother, LaToya Walters said. 

The couple said their lives have been completely devastated by their son’s death.  Jenkins told us he and his wife have been diagnosed with Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  And most days he said it’s difficult to even get out of bed.

“It’s hard to look in the mirror,” Jenkins explained.  “It’s hard to look in the mirror and not cry.  It’s hard to wake up,” he said through watery eyes. 

“We’re just working to get the pieces back together,” he said.

Emergency responders initially said the boys were left in the car, but investigators quickly found surveillance video showing the boys left the house on their own.  “They knew that we were going to be going to the museum and they went out to the car and they anticipated it.”

Jenkins had promised his boys the adventure later that day after he rested from an overnight shift.  “At a minimum I had been up already 24 hours,” he lamented.  And Jenkins admitted he was so exhausted he never heard the children leave the house.

“I wake up to not seeing your kids.  Anybody can just imagine how frightening that is and how you start to panic.”

Compounding their pain, little Davion has been placed in foster care as the criminal investigation drags on.  That’s why for the sake of healing, Jenkins and his wife are begging detectives to conclude the case one way or the other.

“Don’t leave us in limbo like this.  This is not helping our family at all.  I would like the police, the West Haven PD to please put a close to this case.  If it’s charges.  If you don’t see foul play and you want to close it, close it,” Jenkins finished.

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