A day care in Pensacola has been shut down after a tragic incident. Police say that a 3-year-old child was left in a day care van and died as a result of the high temperatures inside the vehicle. The cause of death has not been confirmed by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, but the state’s Department of Children and Families says that it was indeed a hot car death. The incident occurred on August 18, when temperatures in the area reached 93 degrees.
As police investigated the incident, parents arrived to pick up their children. They were kept outside, waiting to find out which child had been transported to the hospital. Parents were obviously distressed as they waited for their children to be escorted out of the center. As parents picked up their children throughout the afternoon and evening, law enforcement and state officials took pictures of the day care and the van which was eventually towed away.
A woman emerged from the center telling those in the crowd that she wasn’t going down for this. She was escorted back inside the building and left the scene quickly after her statement. If law enforcement officials do rule the death as one caused by being left in a hot car, it will be the second in only a month’s time. In the first incident, a 3-year-old boy was left for an entire day in a vehicle parked outside a day care before he was discovered in the evening.
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