The father of the child who died in a hot car has been taken into custody.
Michael Thedford has been charged with manslaughter and is being held on a $20,000 bond. Authorities were informed at 1:30 p.m. about the six-month-old girl who had been left alone in the car in 1400 block of Milrany Lane in Melissa, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
Although the authorities disclosed few details but they confirmed the death of the girl and Thedford’s arrest, as reported by WFAA. According to a source close to the family, the father dropped two children at the daycare center but left the six month old in the car.
Fabiola Contreras, living across the street, said “it’s hard to believe” that the father forgot her child in the car.
“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,” Contreras said. “It’s really hot especially if you’re in a car, it’s way hotter.”
When deputies arrived at the scene they found the girl unresponsive, officials with the Collin County Sheriff’s Department said.
Contreras watched the deputies and paramedics arriving at the house. “There were asking the mother a few questions and she looked like she was crying. She was devastated. SO was he, he would hug her and cry as well.” However, after some time, she said, Thedford “was walking outside with handcuffs.”
As reported by CBS Local, Contreras said Thedford is a substitute teacher at Melissa High School. He is married and has two other children.
While the cause of death is currently under investigation, it has not been made clear how long the child was in the car.
According to KidsandCars.org, as many as 16 deaths of children have occurred in hot car-related incidents this year. Last year, the same number stood at less than half.