Police submitting criminal charges in case of 12-year-old who died while hiking

Posted at 2:25 PM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 21:07:47-05

Detectives will be submitting criminal charges in the case of a 12-year-old boy who died while hiking in the heat with his mother's boyfriend.

Cody Flom died last July after hiking in 110-degree weather at a north Valley preserve.

An autopsy released earlier this week ruled Cody's death an accident, the result of exposure to excessive heat. The report also indicated Cody had superficial cuts and abrasions on his torso, arms and legs.

According to Sgt. Alan R. Pfohl, child abuse charges are being submitted against Cody's mother's boyfriend. Police have not released the man's name.

Cody's father Brian on Friday morning spoke out about the need for more strict regulations regarding young hikers on trails in the Valley's extreme heat.

The family is working with community members and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Department to make sure other children are protected.