By Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix authorities say the case of a 12-year-old boy who died of heat exhaustion after collapsing during a hot summer hike will be submitted to Maricopa County prosecutors for review.

An autopsy released earlier this week ruled Cody Flom’s death an accident, the result of exposure to excessive heat.

Cody went hiking in 110-degree weather in July with his mother’s boyfriend at a north Phoenix mountain preserve. After he became sick, the boyfriend tried to carry Cody down the mountain trail but eventually left him to get help.

Cody was flown to a hospital where he later died.

The boy’s father, Brian Flom, said Friday that if criminal charges are not brought, he will pursue other legal avenues to get justice for his son.

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