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Baby dies after being left in car at middle school, Volusia deputies say

Cops: Teacher inadvertently left 6-month-old boy in back seat of vehicle all day

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DELTONA, Fla. – A 6-month-old baby was found dead in a vehicle parked at Deltona Middle School on Friday afternoon, according to Volusia County sheriff's deputies.

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Sheriff Ben Johnson said the baby was apparently inadvertently left in the back seat of an SUV all day by a teacher at the school who was a family member caring for the child.

He told News 6 the teacher arrived at the school around 7 a.m. Friday, and the baby boy was found just after 4 p.m. at the front parking lot of the school, which is on Enterprise Road, according to deputies.

Temperatures in Deltona hovered in the mid-80s on Friday.

"It appears to be a tragic accident, but we still have to look to see if there are criminal charges or not," Johnson told News 6. "We'll investigate it thoroughly and will try to decide what we see."

The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about the baby at 3:54 p.m. A school resource deputy rushed to the scene three minutes after the call came in, but the baby was already dead, deputies said.

Johnson told News 6 his investigators are having a hard time with the case, given the child's age.

"I can tell you we have employees that are very shaken over this incident right now," Johnson said. "This is one of those days that you don't like being the sheriff."

Volusia County Schools released a statement, saying, "Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and the Deltona Middle School community. This tragedy has broken the hearts of all of us in the school district. We will stand by the family with love and compassion."

No other details were immediately available.

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