WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Wednesday, a 4-month-old girl baby died after she was left for nearly five hours inside a hot van outside a Florida daycare center.
- A daycare employee had checked the van after the baby girl’s mother called to make after-school arrangements, but she found the infant “still strapped in her child seat unresponsive.”
- Fifty-six-year-old Darryl Ewing, the owner of the Ewing’s Love & Hope Preschool and Academy, was arrested Wednesday night with a charge of child neglect.
A 4-month-old infant died after she was accidentally left alone for almost five hours inside a hot daycare van in Florida. Authorities said the driver has been arrested.
On Wednesday morning, the baby girl and several other children were picked up at her home and taken to Ewing’s Love and Hope Daycare Center in Jacksonville.
When the driver, Darryl Ewing, arrived at the daycare around 8:25 a.m., he parked the van out front — leaving the baby girl inside. She was still strapped in her car seat in the third row, according to the local sheriff’s office.
The police added that when the baby’s mother called later to make after-school arrangements for her two children, she was told that her youngest was never checked into the facility.
When the staff checked the van, the girl was already unresponsive so they called emergency services. The infant was immediately taken to a local hospital, where she was declared dead.
According to investigators, Ewing, also a co-owner of the center, was supposed to maintain a separate driver’s log listing all kids who board the van. The daycare record revealed that the 56-year-old had logged in the baby girl’s two siblings, but not the infant, authorities said.
Ewing refused to speak with detectives when he was taken to a local police station. He was arrested and detained for child neglect.
News 4 Jax was able to obtain Duval County Jail records showing that Ewing has already been arrested at least four times prior, though the reasons were undetermined.
Gloryian Ewing, the daycare co-owner, also has police records 18 months ago on two counts of child abuse for allegedly beating her own teenage children with an extension cord. After a pretrial intervention program, the charges were dropped.
The daycare center’s license was immediately suspended after Wednesday’s incident. The Department of Children and Families said it was unaware the center was transporting children.
“Tragically, today a family has just been notified of the gut-wrenching loss of their precious baby girl,” Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell told News 4 Jax . “DCF immediately opened a joint child death and child care licensing investigation in coordination with law enforcement. We will continue to support this family as they mourn the loss of their baby girl.”
About 14 children were under the daycare center and no others were injured, according to the police.
Source: New York Post