Police: Toddler dies after 4 hours in hot day-care van

Police: Toddler dies after 4 hours in hot day-care van

HOUSTON (AP) - Police say an 18-month-old child has died after being left in a hot day care center van for four hours parked outside the center in northwest Houston.

Deputies with the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office say the child was found unresponsive about 7 p.m. Thursday in the van outside Discovering Me Academy. The van had been parked there since 3 p.m., and during that time nearby Bush Intercontinental Airport reported temperatures reaching 98 degrees with a heat-index reading of 106.

The child was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital. An employee was being questioned.

The academy had been cited in 2015 for not reporting a wreck involving the van in a timely manner and for a driver not knowing how many children were in her group.

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