1-year-old child dies after being left in vehicle, deputies say

Investigation underway

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A 1-year-old child was found dead in a vehicle after being left inside on Friday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they were called to 5000 block of Indian Hill Road at 3:42 p.m. and found Jace Leslie unresponsive in the car.

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“The initial investigation indicates baby Jace was left inside of a vehicle in a rear-facing car seat for several hours by a caregiver while the caregiver was at work,” deputies said.

Around 7 p.m., deputies could be seen outside a home focusing their investigation on a black sedan.

According to deputies, the caregiver was supposed to drop the child off for daycare before going to work, but investigators said the caregiver did not drop him off.

“When the caregiver arrived to pick him up from the daycare location at 3:42 p.m. Friday, baby Jace was instead discovered unresponsive in the car, where he had been for several hours,” deputies added.

Deputies believe Jace died as a result of being inside the hot car for an extended period of time but are also waiting for the medical examiner’s office to give an official cause of death,


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