2 Dead Children Found 2 Hours Apart In Hot Cars In Florida
Yet more tragic instances of neglect have led to the deaths of a four-year-old and a one-year-old who were left in hot cars in Florida.
Police in central Florida say that the dead bodies of two children were found in two hot cars just hours apart on Friday afternoon, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
In one incident, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said that a one-year-old girl was found dead inside a hot car at a gas station in Sanford. According to an arrest report, the child's mother, 29-year-old Kailyn Pollard, left the toddler in the car from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while she went to work after forgetting to drop her off at day care. Pollard has been arrested and charged with negligent manslaughter, according to WKMG.
Officials said Pollard told them she didn't notice her daughter's body until she got back into the vehicle after her shift - but the arresting officer noted that there was a mirror on the headrest of the child's car seat that would have given the driver a direct view of the toddler. Police say that Pollard was uncooperative during the investigation and was treated for "extreme anxiety."
She is being held in prison on a $20,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court on October 23.
Just a few hours earlier, at 2:25pm a bystander noticed a four-year-old boy alone in a locked car with the engine turned off in the parking lot of Elite Preparatory Academy in Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The bystander was able to get the boy out of the vehicle and rushed him across the street to the Orange County Fire Rescue Station 51. Firefighters there rushed the boy to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.