Family waits for prosecutors one year after child's death

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The father and stepmother of a 12-year-old boy, who died while hiking during a blazing hot summer day one year ago, say they are still waiting for some kind of accountability.

"I really don't know. I would like to know what the hesitation is by the county charging attorney. I don't understand," said Brian Flom, whose son, Cody, died on a north Phoenix hiking trail on July 22, 2016.

Cody was hiking with his mother's boyfriend at the time. The temperature was estimated to be 110 degrees on the trail.

"That's the first thing that should never have happened," said Heather Flom, who was Cody's stepmother.

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The Floms say they would never have agreed to allow the boyfriend to take Cody hiking that day.

"There was just a complete disregard for Cody," said Flom.

Phoenix police detectives investigated the death and forwarded the case to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for prosecution.

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In a statement emailed to CBS 5 Investigates, the county attorney's office wrote, "Prosecutors were working with law enforcement to ensure they had the information needed to review the case for charging. At this time, the case is under review and a charging decision has not been made."

Just one week ago, Scottsdale police cited a woman for animal cruelty, after her dog died on a hike in a mountain preserve.

"You know they were cited immediately, and my son. We're a year out and we don't even know if they're taking the case," said Flom.

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In the meantime, the family has used the tragedy and memory of Cody to help others. They created an organization called Cody's Voice. They donated dozens of cases of bottled water to the Salvation Army, and are helping an Eagle Scout from Cody's Boy Scout troop with signs that will go up at trail heads across the Valley, warning of the dangers posed by excessive heat.

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"Our natural disaster is the heat. We want to see a reduction of summertime rescues off the mountains," said Flom.

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Morgan’s past assignments include covering the invasion of Iraq, human smuggling in Mexico, vigilantes on the border and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County. His reports have appeared or been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Morgan’s peers have recognized his work with 11 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, an SPJ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. In October 2016, Morgan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in recognition of 25 years of contribution to the television industry in Arizona.

Morgan is graduate of the University of Arizona journalism school and Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. He is the president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and teaches media law and TV news reporting at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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