Teacher arrested in 1-year-old Central Florida boy’s hot car death

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) —Deputies say an Orlando elementary school teacher has been arrested and is facing aggravated manslaughter and child neglect charges after a 1-year-old Florida boy died after being left in a hot car for hours.

Orange County homicide detectives said they’ve arrested Dougkindra Chanel Wallace, 34, in connection with the Sept. 11 death of 1-year-old Jace Leslie.

Officials were called to the 5000 block of Indian Hill Road around 3:40 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Wallace had been driving the 20-month-old to and from his day care provider’s home for his mother.

When they arrived, officials found Jace Leslie dead inside of a vehicle, outside of a home used as a daycare.

That morning, deputies say Wallace drove to the school and forgot to take the boy from his rear-facing car seat. He was dead when she found him inside the car that afternoon.

It was when Wallace arrived to pick the boy up that he was found unresponsive in his car seat.

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