Mother who went to work leaving one-year-old daughter in hot car to die charged with negligent manslaughter
Kailyn Pollard claims she forgot her child was still inside the car and only discovered the body after picking up food from Olive Garden and stopping at a Wawa gas station
A Florida woman was recently arrested and charged with negligent manslaughter after it was reported that she left her one-year-old daughter in a hot car while she went to work for seven hours. The Daily Mail reported that this incident was one of two hot car deaths in the state that very day.
Kailyn Pollard claimed that she forgot her child was still inside the car and only discovered the body after picking up food from Olive Garden and stopping at a Wawa gas station that afternoon.
It took the Sorrento resident 40 minutes after getting back inside her car to realize her little girl Kit Noelle Pollard had been left behind, despite the rear-facing child seat set up so the driver can see behind them. The set up is such that it enables "direct visual connection with the driver and car seat rider via rearview mirror," said the deputy who arrested the mother.
UPDATE: We have charged 29 year old Kailyn Pollard with Negligent Manslaughter in the hot car death of her one-year-old daughter Kit Noelle Pollard last evening. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance at 9 a.m. today. We are working on an updated news release. pic.twitter.com/zGphssuFei— Seminole County S.O. (@SeminoleSO) September 29, 2018
Pollard finally saw her child in the back seat of the car when she refueled her tank after a sweltering day of 96 degrees Fahrenheit, according to reports. It was also said that Pollard usually left her daughter at a daycare while she worked at solar energy company iQ Power.
The mother was reportedly quite in shock when she was interviewed by police officials investigating the case. She was said to have requested an attorney and had previously refused to cooperate until she was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital for extreme anxiety.
The Sorrento resident appeared in court on Saturday with attorney Kyle Fletcher, and both the baby's father and grandfather in attendance as well. She is due back on October 23, according to reports, and is currently being held at John E. Polk Correctional Facility on a $20,000 bond.
Before Pollard's case came up, two hours earlier a four-year-old boy was found in a car outside Orange County school Elite Preparatory Academy. He was taken to the fire station across the road by a bystander.
"The child was rushed by the rescue station to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased," Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson said. "Unfortunately, we know how busy we all get in our life. I'm not excusing people of anything, however. There are ways to remember you have a child in a car. We live in Florida."