8-Year-Old Girl Dies In Locked Car As Mom Leaves Her To Go To Work

(ConservativeJournal.org) – An eight-year-old child has recently died after being left in a hot car in North Carolina. The child’s mother, Ashlee Stallings, has since been charged with manslaughter. She also faces child abuse charges as her negligence led to child’s death.

The incident happened in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the evening on Wednesday, June 26.

According to jail records, Stallings is currently held in prison on a $250,000 bond. An arrest document states that she left her daughter waiting in the car while she went to work. Stallings claimed that she had left the air conditioning running, but the child might have turned it off due to feeling cold.

The police revealed that the last text message conversation between the mother and child occurred about 90 minutes before Stallings came back to the car. After she returned, she found her daughter lying still on the floor in front of the backseat. Stallings then broke the back window with a hammer to reach her child and immediately tried to get her to the hospital. She stopped at a nearby business to call for help and someone contacted 911.

Emergency responders promptly transported the child to the hospital via ambulance, where she was pronounced dead the next morning. Stallings admitted to the police that she realized she should not have left her child in the car, especially knowing it was nearly 95 degrees outside.

The seriousness of this problem is backed by statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to which a child dies from heatstroke after being left in a car every 10 days. Studies further indicate that most of the hot car deaths in the past six years occurred between May and September. In the past 30 years, more than 1,000 children have died in this way.

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