A daycare owner in Jacksonville, Florida has been arrested for the death of a 4-month-old baby he left in a van for hours.
The baby girl died on Wednesday morning after she was left strapped in her car seat in a van parked in the sun outside of the daycare.
But, here’s where things get super fishy…the baby was placed in the van alongside her siblings and other children headed to the daycare.
The two siblings were noted in the driver’s log, but the baby was not. The children arrived at the daycare and were let out of the vehicle at 8:25 a.m.
The infant was discovered in the vehicle after her mother called the daycare at 1:03 p.m. to make arrangements for her children. Employees called EMS and the baby was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Darryl Ewing, who is part-owner of the “Hope and Love Daycare” center was arrested and charged with child neglect.
The sheriff’s office reported Ewing initially refused to answer interview questions from officers at the police station. He was placed in Duval County Jail at 8.18 p.m. Wednesday, according to First Coast News.
Ewing, 56 was the “sole driver” of the van that morning and it was his responsibility to make sure all of the children had been safely removed from the van.
This is such a terrible tragedy. But, I need to understand why the baby was never noted on the manifest.
My heart and prayers go out to the mother and the family of the baby who passed away senselessly.