The co-owner of a Jacksonville daycare was arrested after a four and a half-month-old infant died after the baby was left in a hot van for hours.
56-year-old Darryl Ewing is charged with child neglect.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, police were dispatched Wednesday to Ewing’s Love and Hope Daycare Center. Units went to assist Jacksonville Fire and Rescue following a call about an unresponsive four-month-old infant left inside a van outside the daycare.
When police arrived, the infant was inside the daycare unresponsive.
The child was pronounced dead after being rushed to a local hospital.
The situation was discovered when the mother called in at 1:03 pm to make after-school arrangements. That’s when employees discovered the infant was never checked in.
They went to the van and discovered the infant still strapped in her child seat unresponsive and immediately called 911.
Ewing is tasked with checking the van after it arrives every morning at the daycare to make sure no children are left onboard, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing.