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Funeral arrangements set for 3-year-old left in car

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Sariah's funeral starts at 1 p.m. Friday at Impact Ministries on E. 70 Street in Shreveport. She will be buried at Lincoln Cemetery after that service. Sariah's funeral starts at 1 p.m. Friday at Impact Ministries on E. 70 Street in Shreveport. She will be buried at Lincoln Cemetery after that service.
Asked if charges might be expected, SPD Detective Rod Demery says, "We don't think about those types of things until everything checks out." Asked if charges might be expected, SPD Detective Rod Demery says, "We don't think about those types of things until everything checks out."

Funeral arrangements have been set for the 3-year-old girl who died of heat stroke after she was left in a car for nearly 19 hours, and a police investigation that now includes child protective services could take weeks or months.

Visitation for Sariah Delafosse will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Impact Ministries on E. 70 Street in Shreveport. She will be buried at Lincoln Cemetery after that service.

Sariah's body was found on July 5 inside a car that was left parked in the driveway outside her Ingleside home. Caddo Parish Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma says the child died of heat stroke.

Shreveport Police are investigating the death, and KSLA News 12 can report that child protective services is involved in the case.

"Actually, we're still in the beginning of the investigation. There are a lot of different things we have to look into," says SPD Detective Rod Demery.

Police are continuing to interview witnesses and collect evidence and say the mother, Krystal Delafosse, is cooperating.

As the investigation continues, the question remains as to whether there will be charges.

Police say Delafosse left Sariah in the parked car, made the discovery as she left for work, and then placed a frantic call to 9-1-1.

When asked about Sariah's manner of death as part of the investigation, heat stroke, Demery says, "The thing that focus on more so is the manner of death. I think that's the part that comes a little slower."

Asked if charges might be expected, Demery says, "Well, that's probably one of the easiest parts of the investigtion. We don't think about those types of things until everything checks out. We gather up all the parts and present them to the body of people who are experts at it -- that attorneys, the coroner."

An involvement by child protective services might prolong the investigation by weeks or months.

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