1-year-old dies after allegedly being left in hot car for 7 hours; mother arrested

Sanford, FL (WESH) — A mother whose 1-year-old daughter was found dead in the back of a car at a Sanford gas station is now facing charges, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

Kailyn Pollard, 29, has been charged with negligent manslaughter in the death of her 1-year-old daughter Kit Noelle Pollard.

Just before 5 p.m. Friday, deputies were called to the report of a child possibly left in a locked vehicle at the Wawa in the 4600 block of State Road 46 in unincorporated Sanford.

The vehicle was parked at a gas pump and deputies said the 1-year-old girl in the vehicle was dead when they arrived.

Pollard forgot to take her daughter to day care Friday morning and left her in the vehicle for seven hours as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees, the Associated Press reported, citing the arrest report.

Investigators questioned the mother Friday night and said it appeared she went to work in morning and forgot the child was in the vehicle.

Pollard bonded out of jail Saturday afternoon and was taken to a mental health facility for evaluation.

Kit Noelle Pollard was one of two children found dead in hot vehicles just hours apart in Central Florida on Friday.

A passer-by spotted a 4-year-old boy alone in a locked car with the engine turned off in the parking lot of Elite Preparatory Academy. Firefighters rushed the boy to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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