WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (KTHV) – According to CBS affiliate WREG in West Memphis, four employees will be charged in connection to a child dying after being left in a daycare van.
Five-year-old Christopher Gardner Jr. died Monday after investigators said he was left on the bus for hours.
According to West Memphis police, the driver of the bus, an adult rider and another day care employee were all scheduled to go check the bus the day Gardner Jr. died.
That morning, little 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.
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