One-year-old baby girl found dead in Texas after mother left her in a hot car for nearly 10 hours after dropping off her other two kids at daycare, cops say
- A one-year-old baby girl was found dead in Texas after being left in the back of her mothers hot car from approximately 8:30 am to 6 pm on Thursday
- The mother drove her three children- ages 5, 3, and 1- to daycare in the morning
- When she returned in the afternoon in a different car the school told her that they only had record two of her children attending that day
- A day care worker returned to the family home with the mother where the baby was discovered on the floorboard of the back of the car and pronounced dead
- Temperatures in the Houston area reached the upper 90s on Thursday but police say the inside of the car could have climbed to over 120 degrees
- Only two car seats were found in the vehicle but the child’s death appears accidental at this point, according to police
- Officers were struggling with ‘language issues’ when interviewing the distraught mother; the father was not cooperating, according to police
A one-year-old baby girl was found dead in Texas after being left in the back of a hot car for nearly 10 hours when her mother dropped off only two of her three children at daycare, Houston police said.
The unidentified mother told police she took her three children – ages 5, 3, and 1 – to daycare around 8:30 am on Thursday.
She then allegedly returned to her home in the Crescent Park Village subdivision, switched cars, went to exercise and then returned to the daycare to pick up her children. When she arrived she was told that the day care only had record of the 5- and 3-year-old in school that day, police said.
The mother returned home with a staff member from the daycare to look for the child. Police said the daycare worker did not initially see the baby girl in the car but later discovered her on the back floorboard of the four-door sedan.
A one-year-old baby girl was found dead in Texas after being left in the back of her mothers hot car from approximately 8:30 am to 6 pm on Thursday
The baby girls’ mother drove three of her children to day care in the morning. When she returned in the afternoon pick them up she was told that only two of her children had been dropped off at the school
Temperatures in the Houston area reached the upper 90s on Thursday but police say the inside of the car could have reached temperatures of over 120 degrees
The child was apparently left in the car from 8:30 am to 6 pm. The mother told police that she took the 1-year-old to the daycare to bring her along while running errands but planned to drop her at the school later in the day.
Temperatures in the Houston area reached the upper 90s Thursday but police say the interior of the car could have reached temperatures of over 120 degrees on the sunny summer day.
Only two car seats were found in the vehicle that was parked on the street. All three children should have been riding in a car seat according to Texas state child safety laws.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that officers responded to the scene at around 6:30 pm. Family members were reportedly spotted at the scene crying.
The baby girl was pronounced dead at the scene. An official autopsy report is being conducted by the medical examiner.
Police detained the mother and took her to their Lockwood facility, where they were attempting to obtain her statement.
Sheriff Gonzalez said that the officers were struggling to gather her statement because she was ‘obviously extremely upset’ and needed to be calmed down.
The officers were also having ‘language issues’ while trying to talk with the distraught mother who had not been interviewed at length.
Sgt. Ben Beall addressed the media outside the unidentified family’s home on Barnes Ridge Lane in the Crescent Park Village subdivision of Houston
The father has not been cooperative, according to police. The names of the parents and the daycare have not been released.
According to police, the baby’s death appears to be accidental at this point in the investigation. The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether or not any charges will be filed.
Thursday’s death marks the 20th child hot car death this year.
Texas ranks No. 1 as the state with the most child hot car deaths in the country recording 145 fatalities since 1991. In 2020, 53 children died in a hot car; five were from Texas, all according to data from KidsAndCars.org.