Florida Woman, With No License, Arrested Charged After 2-Year-Old Girl Left Inside Of Hot Car For 7 Hours Dies

A Florida woman has been charged after a 2-year-old girl was found dead inside of a hot car in Homestead, police said.

The relatives, who did not want to speak on camera, say the discovery was made at around 3 p.m. near Campbell Drive and Third Avenue.

Friends of the family have identified the little girl as Joselyn Maritza Méndez.

Upon discovery, Méndez was transported by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to Baptist Hospital in Homestead where she was pronounced dead by medical staff.

Police say Perez-Domingo was supposed to drive the young girl to daycare in Homestead. She drove the girl to her own home first — the daycare wasn’t open yet — and then got distracted and forgot about the child until returning to the vehicle seven hours later.

A Miami-Dade police report says Perez-Domingo called the child’s mother and then drove her to the mother’s house. The child had died by then.

Police say Perez-Domingo also had no driver’s license. 

Jail records showed that 43-year-old Juana Perez-Domingo was booked at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Bond was set at $50,000, and no attorney was listed.

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