Babysitter Faces Arrest as Newborn Dies Inside Overheated Car for More Than 5 Hours: Authorities

by Jessica

Florida Woman Arrested After 10-Month-Old Infant Dies in Hot Car While Left Unattended for Hours

Authorities in Florida have taken Rhonda Jewell, 46, into custody following the tragic death of a 10-month-old girl in her care. The incident occurred on July 19 in Macclenny, as reported by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

According to deputies, Jewell picked up the baby from her mother’s home around 8 a.m. to babysit her. Subsequently, she drove to another residence in Macclenny to look after other children but left the 10-month-old unattended inside the car.

Around 1 p.m., when the baby’s mother arrived to collect her daughter, Jewell realized the dreadful mistake and found the child still inside the sweltering hot car.

Authorities rushed the little girl to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. Baker County Sheriff Scotty Rhoden expressed his deep sorrow, calling the incident a “tragedy.”

Investigation details from court documents indicate that the infant was left in the car for at least five hours, enduring temperatures exceeding 133 degrees Fahrenheit.

At the time of discovery, the baby’s external body temperature was recorded at 102.1 degrees, while her internal body temperature was measured at a chilling 110 degrees—exceeding the thermometer’s maximum reading of 110 degrees.

Rhonda Jewell faces charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and has been taken into custody. However, she has since posted bail and been released from jail.

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