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.