WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The four women charged with manslaughter in the hot van death of a five-year-old have each received a temporary bond.
Felicia Phillips, Kendra Washington, Pamela Robinson, and Wanda Taylor are all charged with manslaughter after five-year-old Christopher Gardner Jr. was left in a hot daycare van for over eight hours. All four women have been released from jail ahead of their first appearance in court, which will be on Monday.
Monday morning, Christopher reportedly got on the bus around 6:40 a.m. It arrived at Ascent Children’s Health Services approximately 30 minutes after that.
From that point, it’s unclear what happened. Authorities said someone signed Christopher in as if he was present and inside the daycare.
However, eight hours later, the bus driver discovered him unresponsive inside the van.
By that point, it was too late; first responders couldn’t resuscitate him.
Police pointed to spending a long time in the heat as the cause of death. The temperature outside was 91 degrees, and police said the inside of the van could have gotten up to 130 degrees.