Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Toddler, 2, Dies after Being Left in Locked Car, Hillsborough Sheriff Says

Toddler, 2, Dies after Being Left in Locked Car, Hillsborough Sheriff Says

Sheriff's Office officials said Wednesday the case remained under investigation with the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office and the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office. When she returned to the auto, she discovered the child inside. It was 89 degrees in Brandon at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say a 2-year-old boy died after his half-sister left him inside her sports utility vehicle while she worked in a day care center near Tampa. She then took him to a nearby dialysis center, called 911 and administered CPR. Medical personnel inside the facility attempted to render aid until fire rescue arrived. He was rushed to a local hospital where he later died, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

"Today, a sweet little boy passed away". He had a remarkable laugh, he was full of energy and he loved to give hugs.

"In this case, a mother lost her 2-year-old son to her 21-year-old daughter and it's a terribly sad situation", the detective said. Jacob died in a vehicle where he was forgotten in.

"We remind ourselves. We remind our family". For reasons unknown at this time his sister made a tragic mistake.

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"Right now, we have that relative in custody, interviewing her", McKinnon said.

He further noted investigators were trying to determine whether Manchego was enrolled at the day care or why he was in the vehicle in the first place.

Best Friends for Kidz said it is collecting cards and donations for Jacob's family to help with the funeral expenses as well as to "help keep his family going while they try to piece their lives back together".

Tuesday night, Silva-Tello returned home with her parents with her head covered with a jacket after a devastating day.

"This is everyone's worst nightmare", said Larry McKinnon, spokesperson for the Hillsborough sheriff's office, according to NBC affiliate WFLA.

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