Police responded to a call about an unresponsive baby at the Ewing’s Love and Hope Preschool and Academy around 1 p.m. The infant was found in a car seat inside the van. She was transported to the hospital, where she died.
The co-owner of the Ewing’s Love and Hope Preschool and Academy, Darryl Ewing, 56, was arrested Wednesday night for child neglect.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Assistant Chief Brian Kee told CNN that preliminary information shows she was in the van from around 8 a.m. till the call came in.
Temperatures in the area reached as high as 92 degrees on Wednesday, according to CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.
Kee said the day care facility uses the van to pick up some children in the morning, and it was a day care worker’s responsibility to make sure all children were out of the van.
CNN called the facility. The person who answered had no comment.
The center cares for around 14 children, and no others were injured, Kee said.
The investigation into the death continues. There is no information in the jail records on when Ewing will be in court or whether he has an attorney.