Toddler, 1, found dead in hot car after being left there by caregiver for long hours

3 month ago

Orlando news, Florida news.

Authorities in Orlando, Florida are investigating the death of a one-year-old boy who was found unresponsive inside a hot car on Friday afternoon.

Jace Leslie was left inside the car on Indian Hill Road by his caregiver who was supposed to drop him off at a local daycare.

Temperatures in the area reached 87 degrees on Friday. Leslie was discovered unresponsive at around 3:42 p.m. when the caregiver left their workplace.

“Detectives believe Jace died as a result of being inside the hot car for an extended period, but they must wait on the medical examiner’s office for an official cause of death,” police said.

A witness recalled the moment Jace’s mother arrived at the scene: “When she got out the car, you just heard her yelling and then she was running, trying to get through the tape and then the officers, they had stopped her.”

Jace is the 22nd child to die of vehicular heatstroke in America this year.