Texas Father Tries to Save His Baby Left in a Hot Car by Putting Her in a Refrigerator

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A Texas father was arrested after his six-month-old daughter died from being left in a hot car. He made a half-hearted attempt to reverse the “damage” by placing her in a refrigerator.

Michael Thedford told authorities that he’d taken his 5-year-old and 3-year-old kids to daycare at around 9 a.m. this past Tuesday.

When he got to his McKinney home, he’d forgotten that his 6-month-old daughter had been along for the ride and was still in the car. He decided to take a nap.

When he woke hours later, he says he realized the baby was still in the car and ran outside. He found her unresponsive and carried her into the house.

He then says he put her into the refrigerator “for an undetermined length of time prior to calling 911,” according to the report.

He told cops that he’d called his wife and 911 while also trying to perform CPR on his lifeless child. When officers arrived, they found the infant dead in the kitchen.

He told deputies that he was an unemployed high school teacher, and that his wife was a veterinarian; that she was at work when it all unfolded.

He was arrested and charged with manslaughter before being released after posting a $20,000 bond.

It was 91 degrees Fahrenheit by noon the day of the tragedy.

Child Protective Services is investigating, and haven’t removed the couple’s two older children.

 

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