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Sarasota girl, 2, dies after being left in hot car

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Photo courtesy Uriel Hernandez’s Facebook page Photo courtesy Uriel Hernandez’s Facebook page
Uriel Hernandez is charged with aggravated manslaughter. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photo Uriel Hernandez is charged with aggravated manslaughter. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photo
Photo courtesy Uriel Hernandez’s Facebook page Photo courtesy Uriel Hernandez’s Facebook page
Photo courtesy Uriel Hernandez’s Facebook page Photo courtesy Uriel Hernandez’s Facebook page
Uriel Hernandez's house Uriel Hernandez's house
SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) -

A Sarasota father is charged with felony aggravated manslaughter of a child after his 2-year-old daughter died in a hot car.

Investigators say at around 7 a.m. Sunday, Hernandez brought his daughter, Alejandra Hernandez-Mendoza, to his home at 1500 N. Orange Ave., then went inside and fell asleep. At around noon he realized the child was still in the car.

The child's mother told detectives that Hernandez picked up the child at 6 a.m. on Sunday. Hernandez called the child's mother before noon to tell her the child was not responding. The child's mother rushed to the house and called 911 on the way. Through their investigation, detectives learned Hernandez arrived home with the child, went inside to get a phone charger and fell asleep.

Detectives responded to the home to investigate a suspicious death of a child. Investigators say the child had been taken to the hospital around 12 p.m. and the circumstances of the death were suspicious. The child had a body temperature of 106 when she arrived at the hospital.

The temperature in the City of Sarasota was between 85 and 95 at the time of the incident.

Sarasota Police Sgt. Tom Shanafelt said, "It's reasonable to assume at this point that the temperatures inside that car probably exceeded 100 degrees."

The child's mother told detectives that Hernandez is a great father, according to an arrest affidavit.

Hernandez’s neighbor, Frank Trevino said, "I [knew] that little girl since she was a baby."

Trevino watched the girl over the years from next door. He had nothing but good things to say about Hernandez as a father.

Trevino said, "I never seen that guy drink a beer or nothing. He just works all the time."

The car was seized by the Sarasota Police Department and a victim advocate is working with the family at this time to deal with this tragedy.

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