A Florida woman is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child after she left a two-year-old in a hot car to die, according to Miami-Dade police.
Juana Perez-Domingo had been hired to ferry children around South Miami-Dade, a police report said. On Friday, she had been paid to take a two-year-old child, identified as Jocelyn Maritza Mendez, to a daycare facility.
In the early hours of the morning, the police report continued, she strapped in the toddler with a seatbelt but no child’s seat. Perez-Domingo said that she then “got distracted” and went inside her home, only returning to the van seven hours later, the Miami Herald reported.
Temperatures reached 91 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, according to AccuWeather.
When she returned to the car in the afternoon, Mendez appeared lifeless. Instead of calling emergency services, the police report said, she phoned the child’s mother and told her that her toddler had died. She then transported the toddler’s body to the mother’s home, police said.
The woman had no driver’s license and her transportation services were off the books, according to a police report seen by the Miami Herald.
Juana Perez-Domingo, 43, was booked into jail on Saturday morning, the Miami Herald reported.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a car left in the sun can heat up 20 degrees above the outside temperature in 10 minutes.