Father charged after toddler left in hot car dies
Uriel Hernandez left his 2-year-old daughter inside his vehicle while he ran inside his home to grab a phone charger.
Uriel Hernandez, 23, is charged with manslaughter after his 2-year-old daughter died after allegedly being left unattended in a vehicle. But Hernandez fell asleep, leaving the toddler in a hot car for five hours.Now, Hernandez, 23, faces felony aggravated manslaughter for the death of his daughter, according to the Sarasota Police Department.
On Tuesday, police identified the girl as Alejandra Hernandez-Mendoza. Detectives said a grieving Hernandez told detectives what happened Sunday at Orange Avenue Mobile Home Park. Deputies were dispatched about noon Sunday to 1500 N. Orange Ave., where paramedics were treating an unresponsive toddler.
The child's name has not been released. Hernandez has custody of his daughter on Sundays, and usually picks her up and takes her to breakfast, the child's mother told police. Because he was in the same complex as his child's mother, staying at a cousin's house, Hernandez picked up the child earlier than normal — at about 6 a.m., according to police. When he arrived home, he left the child unattended in his vehicle while he ran inside.
Hernandez allegedly fell asleep and woke up five hours later. When he ran outside, he found his daughter unresponsive. Hernandez called 911 and the child's mother. While the child's mother rushed to his house, she, too, called 911, police report. “He mistakenly left the child in the car,” Sgt. Tom Shanafelt said Monday at a news conference. “This is an extremely tragic, unfortunate event that no parent should ever have to deal with.”