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Oklahoma woman pleads guilty in grandson's hot car death

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Maddox Durbin died in June 2018 after he was left in a car by his grandmother at a casino in Harrah, Oklahoma. (GoFundMe) Maddox Durbin died in June 2018 after he was left in a car by his grandmother at a casino in Harrah, Oklahoma. (GoFundMe)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A 50-year-old Oklahoma City woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her 5-year-old grandson, whom she left in a hot car while she spent about six hours in a tribal casino.

Court records show Alanna Jean Orr pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder .

Orr admitted that she caused the death of Maddox Durbin by leaving him alone in her car on June 21, 2018. She faces up to life in prison.

Prosecutors said the boy was in the car from about 1:30 p.m. until about 7:30 p.m. while Orr was inside a casino in Harrah. Mesonet records show the afternoon high was 91 degrees at a station in eastern Oklahoma City, about 20 miles west of Harrah.

Maddox was one of two young children to die in a hot car in Oklahoma last year, according to statistics compiled by KidsAndCars.org. There were 52 such deaths across the U.S. in 2018, the organization said.

So far in 2019, KidsAndCars.org reports 24 child hot car deaths, including four in Texas.

KTEN.com editor Walt Zwirko contributed to this report.

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