Baby Dies After Being Left In Hot Car By Her Father

June 23, 2016
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As temperatures soared in Melissa, Texas on Tuesday, a 6-month-old baby girl has died after being left in a hot car for a prolonged period.

The girl’s father, Michael Thedford, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. Thedford reportedly dropped off his two other children at daycare and returned home with the baby at 9 a.m. She had apparently spiked a fever the night before and could not go to daycare.

Police were told that he completely forgot about the little girl in the vehicle and went inside the house to go to sleep. He then woke up three hours later and then only and discovered her in the van.

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According to court records, the father said that when he found her, her body was extremely hot.

He then attempted to cool her by putting her in a refrigerator, before calling 911. Thedford and his wife also attempted to perform CPR on the girl, but it was already too late.

Paramedics and firefighters responded to the call around 1.30 pm at the Thedford home and were later followed by detectives who questioned the family.

According to court records, the father was arrested and booked into the Colin County Jail but was released on $20 000 bond the same day.

58 Comments

  1. Anonomous

    June 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Omg. You would think, with things like this happening in the news people would THINK ‘ok I dropped off 2 of my 3 kids better be sure I remember the baby’. Especially if she was sick that would be the one on my mind the most. That poor poor baby. They need HARSHER punishments for people like this. If you’re that “exhausted” which ALL parents are, take off a shoe and put it in the back seat so you don’t forget. That sweet little baby had a moron for a Father.

  2. Annette Fernandez

    June 23, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    What’s wrong with people?

  3. Sanjana Baynard

    June 23, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    What the hell

  4. Shonda Larson

    June 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Seriously!! What the hell!!

  5. Fahed Misho

    June 23, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I can understand how this happens. We have our routines and its hard to get out of those. So normally he would drop all three kids off.

    The odd part here is why are the kids going to daycare when the father is home sleeping?

  6. Brenda Romaine

    June 23, 2016 at 10:01 pm

  7. Kristy Sprunger

    June 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Wtf?!

  8. Missie Nicole

    June 23, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Wtf?

  9. Megz Schofield

    June 23, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    What the

  10. Jennifer J. Essex Fraser

    June 23, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Some people should not have kids!

  11. Marcela Sanchez

    June 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Take the other kids away from them! Rip little baby.

  12. Jassmin Pérez

    June 23, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Sabina Edith

    • Stacie

      August 1, 2016 at 10:43 am

      I will never understand forgetting your child! I have 8 children and never forgotten a single one. My last two babies are in heaven and I know the heart break that comes from it. So parents please look before you leave! It just might save a life!

  13. Michelle Gillespie

    June 23, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    What is wrong with people! No matter what you do or your routine. Heartbreaking. Rip sweet baby.

  14. Keira Pearson

    June 24, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Moron

  15. Solome Barton

    June 24, 2016 at 12:27 am

    So heartbreaking. Rest in peace sweet angel

  16. Amna B

    June 24, 2016 at 12:42 am

    It’s sad

  17. Dee Angell

    June 24, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Ram Car

  18. Elizabeth Sims

    June 24, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Ok…if mom was home and knew the baby couldn’t go to daycare because she had a fever the night before why didn’t she ask where the baby was when he came in from taking the other 2…..and why did the baby go with dad if mom was home…hmmm.

  19. Mara Jelena Ilicic

    June 24, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Oh lord he needed to have had a vasectomy at birth

  20. Marlyn Ouimet

    June 24, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Omg! How in the world are these idiots parents???? Genius to put that poor baby in the refrigerator afterwards….this is beyond heartbreaking and they both deserve to go to jail!

  21. Kenia Villacanas

    June 24, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Sounds a little suspicious if mom was home giving CPR. I mean, was she out and came home later???

  22. Claudia E Zepeda

    June 24, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Wow, this is so upsetting. I think all parents should be required to take a few days class before the baby is born. I also think that the class should give advice and tips on the basic/common sense that some people honestly lack. Im not perfect but before i had my kids you better believe i researched and yes i did a few classes. So sad, RIP Little angel.

    • Sara Garcia

      June 24, 2016 at 2:53 am

      U don’t need classes cause they know the responsibility with a child should be people like that they are so idiots cause they know better then that

    • Julie De Leon

      June 24, 2016 at 3:01 am

      I don’t think people need classes for leaving kids inside a car hot car ! I seriously think he’s mentally ill

    • Claudia E Zepeda

      June 24, 2016 at 3:44 am

      Sara Garcia Apparently they don’t. Julie De Leon maybe he was mental

  23. Melissa

    June 24, 2016 at 1:54 am

    He should have not been released on such a low bail amount! How can you forget your baby? Seriously!? He needs to pay for him crimes, this poor baby girl suffered painfully for an extensive amount of time because this pathetic excuse of a father. Action needs to be taken! Being a parent my self, I have never forgot about my child, how could anyone?? That obviously shows you do not care about them because they are not in your mind. Your children are your top priority, not to go home and sleep! We live in a sick sad world. This is so unfortunate,God bless you baby girl. Please people do not have sex if you do not plan on taking the responsibility of being a parent

  24. Elizabeth Gomez

    June 24, 2016 at 2:06 am

  25. Delsidia Lima

    June 24, 2016 at 2:11 am

    I kown the paint the parent will be feeling on loosing there little angel
    But wtf is wrong with him you can forget a dozen of eggs caming from the store but your own baby that is $@&/!*!&&.

  26. 希望 レイェス

    June 24, 2016 at 2:19 am

    This guy is sick!

  27. Tara Melton Frederickson

    June 24, 2016 at 2:21 am

    I think too many people get away with these “accidents”.

  28. Brit Ann Johnson

    June 24, 2016 at 2:45 am

    This is why every summer for my baby/ toddler i get a spray bottle at target for 98 cents i spray them down to keep them cool so i can prevent something like this its great for pregnant women during the summer too!

  29. Linda Mirella Jovel

    June 24, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Brown Knight q Es esto ?

  30. Carrie Maurer

    June 24, 2016 at 2:59 am

    What the hell is wrong with people??

  31. Rola Kabaday

    June 24, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Omg ,some people they don’t deserve to be a parent ,what a shame

  32. Eve Saleh

    June 24, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Common sense is a rarity these days.

  33. Dell Lilith

    June 24, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Wtf….

  34. Arretta Corry

    June 24, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Another stupid fool!!

  35. Nalleli Bailon

    June 24, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I can’t believe it they had 2 childrens so they have experience how he forget the baby i cant believe him

  36. Jessica van Leeuwen-Leigh

    June 24, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Put him in a car and leave him to die.

  37. Katie Stewart Ragona

    June 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I have never understood how this happens. I would never ever forgot my child in a car. I constantly think about my son and his well being, especially if he isn’t with me. How does it not cross your mind? What a shame. Poor baby 🙁

    • Erin Goertzen

      June 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      It could happen to me or Brad. I worry about it often. If Brad has Eliza and Cael and I have Rohen, I’m worried I’ll forget I have him, because he makes no noise in the car, and I don’t normally have 1 kid. I have 3 or 0. If Brad is dropping one of them off on his way to work or something, which isnt normal for him, I worry he’d forget and just go to work. It’s when your doing something out of the ordinary, out of the way you usually do it that it can happen.

    • Angie Miller Schaefer

      June 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Exactly. People are so judgemental. Nobody expects this to happen. It has happened to all sorts of people…. A cop, a pediatrician… There is a psychological explanation. Does anyone know why he went home to go to sleep? Maybe he works the 3rd shift. Please stop judging and show compassion. Remind your friends with small children, especially in the summer. Fight for change. Devices for cars. GM is doing it for the Acadia…

  38. Hana Hana

    June 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Not meant to be a father. Striking lack of heart and intelligence.

  39. Buz Lightyear

    June 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    que terrible

  40. Janice Muhammad

    June 24, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    This is a sad sad story it sound like he didn’t want to be bother with that baby she in gods hands now no more suffering
    He better pray for forgiveness.

    • MelissAmber

      July 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

      There’s a certain point I believe where you can’t be forgiven

  41. Barbara Alpi

    June 24, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Rest in peace little girl. You are in God’s hand. Ad for the father, he should have not been released, period he should serve time for this crime. No mercy for him.

  42. Victoria

    June 25, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Awful, very sad!!! RIP Sweet angel!

  43. Marithé Black

    June 25, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Brian Black

  44. Angelica Moreno

    June 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

  45. Jadeswomantowoman.blogspot.com

    June 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve sat here for almost an hour rereading this article. Having 4 children of my own and reading such a horrifying story of more negligence toward children, leaves me so full of anxiety and disgust when I think of the individuals we have as ‘parents’, of today! Men are not as together a women are, by far! There is no room for such an excuse. Shock- please! Forgetting your kid out of routine- next! 4 kids! I’m a young mother at that, 2 consecutive car accidents, followed by 2 L5/S1 back surgeries… still have 4 healthy kids. Carelessness/Selfishness-OUT! Love and selflessness-IN! RIP Baby! No more pain!

  46. MelissAmber

    July 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

    How can you forget your baby!???? Honestly, how can you? I never have, my daughter is the first thing on my mind. Poor baby had to suffer because of this sick creature. I wish there was a feature in a car that would alert authorities when temperatures are to high and there’s someone in the vehicle. Every summer parents to this to innocent children and make up an excuse they “forgot them”. I’m disgusted and I feel like throwing up with sadness.

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