Jacksonville, FL (May 23, 2019) – Police reported that one person was charged with child neglect after a 4-month-old baby was left in a hot van for five hours and tragically passed away.

The mother wrote on social media that she and her family were left in “shambles” after the event when a care provider left the child in a van for hours. Nurses and doctors did all that they could to save her. The incident took place on Wednesday when police received a call about an unresponsive child at Ewing’s Love & Hope Preschool and Academy.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene, where they found the baby strapped inside her car seat inside the van. She was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead while there.

56-year-old Darryl Ewing arrived at the daycare around 8:25 a.m., when it was reported that all of the children were offloaded and taken into the daycare. However, the baby was left inside. Daycare employees did not know that the child was inside the van until pickup arrangements were made in the afternoon around 1:03 p.m. Employees then found that the infant had not been brought in after her mother called about pickup.

Ewing has since been arrested on child neglect charges. The investigation found that the suspect was responsible for keeping a separate driver’s log that documented all of the children.

The investigation continues.

Jacksonville Child Neglect Laws

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