A two-year-old boy left in a hot car by his sister has died in Florida.
On Tuesday morning, two-year-old Jacob Manchego was left by his twenty-one-year-old half-sister, Fiorella Silva-Tello, in her car parked in the lot of the BFF Child Care Center in Brandon, Florida, where she works.
The temperature in the Tampa Bay town had tied a record-breaking level of 86 degrees that day.
When Silva-Tello came outside five-and-a-half hours later to check on her brother during her break, she found him unresponsive. The car had all the windows closed and no air conditioning was running.
Silva-Tello rushed the boy to a local dialysis center for help and, although they worked tirelessly on the child until he was transferred to Brandon Regional Hospital, he succumbed to the trauma.
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Larry McKinnon, the spokesman for the local sheriff’s office said:
“What we understand is that about 9 o’clock this morning, a relative parked here in the parking lot and, in the interim, left a two-year-old boy inside the vehicle, locked, without the engine running.
“Who can take that information, you know? It’s gut-wrenching. It’s physically debilitating. There’s no way around it … It’s difficult. It’s difficult for us. We all have kids, we all have children. We remind ourselves. We remind our family. We remind our people that pick-up our kids. You know, look back there and check. We see it happen over and over again. It’s not necessary.”
This tragedy is being investigated as a criminal incident but no charges against the half-sister, who is emotionally distraught, have been filed as of yet.
As of this report, the police are still trying to locate the boy’s parents.
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