Woman charged with manslaughter after she forgot toddler she was paid to drive to daycare in hot car

one year ago

Miami news, Florida news.

A Florida woman is being prosecuted over the death of a toddler in a hot car after she forgot about her.

43-year-old Juana Perez-Domingo was hired and paid to drive all children of the neighborhood to daycare, including 2-year-old Jocelyn Maritza Mendez.

At around 6:30 a.m. Friday, Perez-Domingo decided to take the toddler back to her home until her daycare facility opened.

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  • The woman put Jocelyn in her van again at around 8 a.m., but “got distracted” and eventually, forgot about the tot.

    As temperatures reached the 80s, Jocelyn spent seven hours in the sweltering van. Perez-Domingo called the child’s mom and “advised her that the victim had died.”

    Perez-Domingo was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter. Police said that she had no driver's license or transportation service registration.