In another tragic incident of parental negligence, a 6-month-old baby lost her life after the father locked her in a van in 91-degree weather and went inside the house to take a nap.
Michael Thedford, a resident of Melissa, Texas, reportedly dropped his two older children (ages 3 and 5) off at daycare on Tuesday morning. Since the youngest child was running a fever, he brought her back home, but instead of taking the infant inside, he forgot her in the vehicle.
It wasn't until woke from his slumber, which was some four hours later, that he discovered the child’s unresponsive body. According to the warrant released Wednesday, he told police the baby was “stiff” and “hot as a brick” when he found her.
Then, instead of calling the 911 or his wife, he did something even worse — he placed the baby in refrigerator for an undetermined length of time, hoping to revive her. He reportedly also attempted to do CPR, but it was all in vain.
The authorities found the baby’s lifeless body in kitchen when they arrived.
“Forgetting a child? His child? It’s hard to believe because how can you forget a child in your own car? It’s your child. It’s really hot, especially if you’re in a car, it’s way hotter,” said neighbor Fabiola Contreras.
She also claimed the police seemingly made Thedford reenact the incident using a doll.
“They used a Mickey Mouse type of doll for him to show what happened and now that I think about it, they also were measuring from the van to the door,” Contreras added.
Thedford, who was arrested on a charge of manslaughter, is an unemployed high school teacher while his wife is a veterinarian in Plano and was at work at the time of the incident.
The father also wrote a children’s book recently.
“It’s kind of shocking how this happened because on Sunday we saw family members and them having a good time for Father’s Day,” a neighbor told local TV news, noting the entire family seemed caring toward each other.
Thedford posted $20,000 bond late Tuesday and has been released.
Unfortunately, this is the 17th hot car related infant death this year alone, according to Department of Meteorology & Climate Science at San Jose State University.
Earlier this month, another infant died in Des Moines, Iowa, after his father, Lance Williams Sr., left him in a hot vehicle to visit a barbershop. He was charged with child endangerment resulting in death.