Two women were arrested and facing charges in connection with the death of a 20-month-old boy who suffered from heat exhaustion after he was left in a car with his sister and an elderly woman.
According to reports, the child’s mother, 35-year-old Danielle Clark and another woman, 27-year-old Maiqian Shenta Deshazor, were arrested Wednesday and being held without bail.
Officials said the toddler, his 3-year-old sister and an elderly 78-year-old woman suffered heat exhaustion when they were left in a car outside Ross department store June 21. An emergency call was placed for an unresponsive child about 4:45 p.m. that afternoon, but when emergency crews arrived, the car was gone. Temperatures reached a high of 94 degrees Fahrenheit that day, according to Weather Underground.
All three were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The toddler died a few days later, but his sister and the elderly woman were treated and released.
Deshazor, who was the caregiver of the elderly woman, is charged with aiding and abetting murder and abuse, neglect of an incapacitated adult and aiding and abetting child neglect and abuse.
The boy’s mother, Clark is charged with murder, aiding and abetting abuse, neglect of an incapacitated adult, and child neglect and abuse.
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