PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - The funeral for a Pensacola toddler who was found dead in the back seat of his grandfather's car is set for Thursday June, 6 at 11 a.m.
The graveside service will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Pensacola.
Authorities say on Sunday, June 2, Hezekiah Brooks, 2, wandered away from his home along Hermey Avenue.
"I have to live with that," said the toddler's grandfather, John Andrews. "It's my cross to bear if you will. The first thing I should have done was go look at that car, but hindsight is 20/20."
Andrews had spent Sunday afternoon with his grandson.
Relatives said the two were inseparable and had more of a father-son bond.
Like so many Sundays before, Andrews said he and his toddler grandson were watching cartoons and eating when at around 2:30 p.m., Hezekiah got up to see his Nana, who was in another room.
Andrews said he went to move the laundry and when he returned, couldn't find the 2-year-old.
"Usually I can find him. He's usually peeking around a corner but I couldn't find him," he said. "I went into panic mode, you know? I was like, 'Debbie we can't find him. Let's go.'"
Authorities believe the toddler wandered out of the house and managed to open the family car door.
The Andrews home has numerous locks on the gate and front door, however Andrews said Hezekiah's older siblings had been in and out of the house, playing with friends.
Relatives and deputies originally thought the toddler had been abducted, after his sippie cup was found in the front yard.
The toddler was ultimately found after Andrews got into his vehicle to purchase water for the deputies and volunteers who were assisting in the search for Hezekiah.
He was lying on the floor of the back seat.
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