Infant dies after being left in day-care's van for five hours

2019-05-23 13:32
Car seat baby. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

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A 4-month-old baby girl tragically died on Wednesday after being left in her day-care's van for five hours.

The little girl, whose identity has been withheld, was discovered in a van outside of the Ewing's Love & Hope Preschool and Academy in Jacksonville, Florida in the US, Fox News reports.

The little girl was picked up from her home in a van driven by the academy's co-owner earlier that day and brought to the day-care for an infant day-care programme. When they arrived at the day-care facility, all the other children were offloaded but the little girl was left behind.

A day-care employee found the child still strapped in her seat and unresponsive after her mother called to make after-school arrangements. The employee realised that the baby hadn't been checked-in that morning.

According to a statement by the local sheriff's office on Facebook, emergency responders arrived on the scene and found the infant still strapped in her car seat inside the van.

Authorities found that she wasn't breathing and tried to resuscitate her. She was then rushed to the local hospital where she was pronounced dead, People reports.

The exact cause of death is still being investigated but authorities believe that she died of heat stroke. Temperatures in the area reportedly reached a high of 33°C yesterday.

The director and co-owner of the day-care, Darryl Ewing (56), was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with child neglect, NBC news reports.

"Every day, parents entrust child-care providers with their most precious gifts," said Chad Poppell, the secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), in a statement.

"Tragically, today a family has just been notified of the gut-wrenching loss of their precious baby girl."

The DCF temporarily suspended the day-care facility's operating license as it didn't have the proper permission from the state of Florida to transport children.

Sources: FOX news, PEOPLE, NBC news

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