A 4-month-old girl died Wednesday after she was left in a scorching hot van outside a Florida day care center for nearly five hours, authorities said.
Jacksonville police received a call around 1 p.m. from a day care employee who said she’d discovered the infant “still strapped in her child seat unresponsive,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
The employee had checked the van after the infant’s mother called the day care to make after-school arrangements, but the infant hadn’t been checked-in that morning, the release said.
The girl, who had been left in the van since approximately 8:25 a.m., was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said. Temperatures in Jacksonville on Wednesday had reached 92 degrees, according to reports.
The van’s driver and daycare co-owner, 56-year-old Darryl Ewing, was arrested and booked into jail on child neglect charges, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators said Ewing was responsible for maintaining a driver’s log documenting all of the children in the van. Ewing had logged the two of the victim’s siblings, but not the victim, the release said. An investigation is ongoing.