Mom Charged After Baby Dies in Hot Car

She apparently forgot to drop off child, went to work

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 6, 2013 1:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – A mother is facing felony charges of child neglect after her 8-month-old son died from being left in a hot car for hours, reports the Washington Post. Police in Arlington, Virginia, don't think Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, 32, did so deliberately. She apparently meant to drop the boy at day care on her way to work yesterday, but forgot. She worked for six hours, then discovered the child in the back seat only after going to pick up another child at day care, reports WJLA. The high temperature reached about 90.

In suburban Baltimore, meanwhile, a 16-month-old girl died yesterday when a relative mistakenly left her in his vehicle for about four hours, reports the Baltimore Sun. Police say the man picked her up from one spot and was supposed to drop her at day care. Instead, he drove home, took a long nap, then drove to the day care to pick her up. "After learning that the child had not been dropped off, he ran back out to the truck and found the child in the vehicle," say police. No charges have been filed, reports ABC2News, which says the relative is not the girl's father.

Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, in her police photo.
Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, in her police photo.   (Arlington County Police)
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