Florida daycare owner arrested after baby dies in hot van

Author: Associated Press
Mugshot of Darryl Allyn Ewing, 56. (Credit: JSO)
Mugshot of Darryl Allyn Ewing, 56. (Credit: JSO)

A Florida daycare owner has been arrested after a 5-month-old was left in a scorching hot van for nearly five hours and died.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s investigators arrested Darryl Allyn Ewing, 56, on child neglect charges Wednesday night, hours after the infant was found inside a van parked outside Ewing’s Love and Hope Daycare Center.

The sheriff’s office posted on Twitter that the baby’s mother had called the center around 1 p.m. and an employee said she didn’t know the child was there. Officials say employees then found the baby in the van.

She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Sheriff’s officials said Ewing refused to talk with detectives. He remained in jail in Thursday morning.

Temperatures were in the upper 80s to low 90s in Jacksonville on Wednesday.

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