Autopsy: Death of boy following hot hike was an accident

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An autopsy report said Cody Flom died due to "exposure to excessive outdoor heat." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) An autopsy report said Cody Flom died due to "exposure to excessive outdoor heat." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Cody was on a hike with his mother's boyfriend in temperatures that exceeded 110 degrees. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Cody was on a hike with his mother's boyfriend in temperatures that exceeded 110 degrees. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Cody became ill after hiking in the heat and later died at the hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Cody became ill after hiking in the heat and later died at the hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

An autopsy that was released on Tuesday said the manner of death of a 12-year-old boy was an accident following a hike on a hot summer day.

The report from the Medical Examiner's Office said Cody Flom died from "complications of environmental hyperthermia." His initial recorded body temperature was 102 degrees and later topped out at near 108 degrees.

Back in July, Cody went on a hike in 110-degree weather with his mother's new boyfriend in a north Phoenix mountain preserve. He became sick between 3 and 5 p.m. that day.

The boyfriend, whose name was not released, said he tried to carry Cody down the trail, but eventually left him in order to get help. The man said he had tried to use a cell phone, but it did not work.

Cody was flown to the hospital where he later died.

Phoenix police are investigating the death, as they do every unattended death or those that occur outside of medical care.

Even with the autopsy report, the police investigation is not over and charges against the boyfriend are still possible.

"I believe this is a negligent homicide caused by incredibly poor judgment and that's the way it needs to be looked at," Brian Flom, Cody's biological father, said back in July.

The autopsy said Cody didn't suffer any significant trauma but he did have "superficial abrasions, contusions and lacerations." 

Those bruises and cuts are things Brian noted back in July and wants them explained.

"Something doesn't make sense. It will come out, I'm hoping," Brian previously said.

Brian Flom has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Cody's funeral expenses. You can find it here.

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