Police: No charges filed against parents whose child died in hot car

A 1-year-old child was left inside a hot truck all day. (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Officials say they are not filing charges at this time against the parents whose child died in a hot car in East Nashville on Wednesday.

The 1-year-old girl died after being left in a car seat all day in a pickup truck parked at her family’s home, according to police.

Police said the girl's father unintentionally left the child in a car seat after dropping off her 5-year-old sibling at a daycare around 7:30 a.m.

Around 8 a.m., he left in a rideshare vehicle for the airport to leave for a business trip. His wife left for work in her own vehicle.

The child's mother went to the daycare facility to pick up both children and was reportedly told the infant was never dropped off. Police said she called her husband, which is when she realized the child may have been left inside the truck.

According to police, the mother drove home and found the 1-year-old just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. She pulled the baby out of the car and began performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

The 1-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Temperatures in Nashville were in the 80s on Wednesday, meaning the temperature inside the truck could have easily reached 120 degrees.

The child's father flew back to Nashville on Wednesday night. Police said both parents have been fully cooperative with the investigation.

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, the investigation is ongoing. The District Attorney’s Office is monitoring detectives’ continuing work on the case, but officials said there is no plan to file charges against them.

Jannette Fennell, the founder of kidsandcars.org, says there are ways for parents to remember their child is in the car.

"Keep a stuffed animal in your child's car seat and when you put your child in the car seat put that up front in the passenger seat,” she said. “Put your cell phone, your bag, your employee badge or lunch or anything in the backseat that you'll need to grab when you arrive at your destination."

Fennell said Tennessee ranks eighth in the nation in child hot car deaths. There have been 30 children who have died since 1990.Copyright 2018 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.



Desiree Wiley joined the News4 team as weekend morning anchor and reporter in April 2018.

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