Florida toddler dies after being left in hot car while mom picked up cocaine, police say

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MELBOURNE, Fla. (WESH) — A Brevard County woman is accused of leaving a toddler in a hot car for about five hours while she went to get cocaine.

Police said Emily Hartman left her 14-month-old child in a car on April 3 while she drank at a bar for an hour.

Authorities said after leaving the bar, she drove to several other places.

The next morning Hartman visited another friend while the child was still in the car seat from the night before, according to authorities.

During that visit, the child was left in the car, which was parked in the sun, for an additional five to six hours, police said.

According to authorities, Hartman left the child the second time to pick up cocaine to sell later in the day.

When Hartman got back into her car, she noticed her child in distress, officials said.

Authorities said Hartman then drove her child to Melbourne Fire Department Station 71. Emergency crews determined the toddler was suffering from a heat related illness and took him to a hospital.

The child was flown from Holmes Regional Medical Center to Advent Health for Children in Orlando.

Police said the child died two days later.

Hartman has been charged with manslaughter by child neglect, possession of cocaine with intent and possession of cannabis.

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