Director of Florida day care arrested after baby left in van for 5 hours dies
The girl was discovered inside a van at Ewing's Love & Hope Preschool and Academy in Jacksonville.
A baby died Wednesday after she was left in a van for almost five hours outside a Florida day care, authorities said, and the director of the daycare has been arrested.
The infant girl was discovered in a van at Ewing's Love & Hope Preschool and Academy in Jacksonville. The director and co-owner of the daycare, Darryl Ewing, was arrested Wednesday night on a child neglect charge, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
The day care's license was temporarily suspended Wednesday because it had not notified the state that it was transporting children, the Florida Department of Children and Families said in a statement provided to NBC affiliate WTLV in Jacksonville.
The state agency said it had opened a joint child death and child care licensing investigation in coordination with law enforcement.
"Every day, parents entrust child care providers with their most precious gifts," DCF Secretary Chad Poppell said in the statement. "Tragically, today a family has just been notified of the gut-wrenching loss of their precious baby girl."
Authorities said the child, whose identity has not been released, was only a few months old.
The Jacksonville County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the preschool at 1:08 p.m. to assist the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. Upon arrival, authorities found the child was not breathing and attempted to resuscitate her.
She was taken to the hospital where she was declared dead.