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LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area man faces charges after his 8-month-old son died while being kept in a sweltering bedroom with no air conditioning.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 25-year-old William Francis Hendrickson was told by authorities the day before to keep his children in another room.

The baby died on Thursday after being kept in the Largo mobile home bedroom that was 109 degrees when police arrived.

Authorities say the baby's body temperature was 105.6 degrees. Hendrickson's 2-year-old daughter had to be treated for dehydration.

The children's mother was arrested days earlier on a battery charge.

County child protection investigators did a welfare check on Thursday and told Hendrickson not to leave the children in the bedroom.

He faces charges of aggravated child neglect and aggravated manslaughter.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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