Rental Car Company Finds Toddler In The Backseat Of Returned Car

WATCH: Hertz Rental Car Employee Finds Toddler Inside Hot Vehicle -Breaking 911

A grandfather is facing charges after leaving his granddaughter in the backseat of a returned rental car. Deputies found the girl in the car at Daytona Beach International Airport after it had been in 80-degree heat for 45 minutes.

According to No Heat Stroke, half of the hot car deaths that happen with children occur when a caregiver forgets the child in the car.

Deputies arrested the Florida grandfather after Hertz car rental employees found the child locked inside a vehicle in the car return lot at Daytona Beach International Airport.

The toddler was scared and hot, but otherwise in good condition. The child’s grandfather left her in the rental car when he returned it to the airport, and was charged with one count of child neglect.

The mother of the child called 911 after realizing that the grandfather left the child at the rental car center. The 911 dispatcher tried to calm the mother down, saying that he was already made aware of the situation.

Fortunately, the child was returned to her mother safely and the Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.

David Towner, 62, told cops he did not remember putting his granddaughter in the vehicle. The little girl was given the all clear by paramedics. The grandfather was remorseful and cooperative and was ordered to have no contact with his granddaughter.

For more insight on this story, please consider the news outlets below.

  1. WATCH: Hertz Rental Car Employee Finds Toddler Inside Hot Vehicle  Breaking 911

  2. Rental Car Employee Finds Toddler Inside Hot Vehicle  Inside Edition
  3. Florida car rental employees find toddler left in returned vehicle  KTLA 75

  4. Daytona Beach rental car workers discover toddler left in hot vehicle for nearly an hour  Wesh 2

  5. Car rental employees find toddler left in returned vehicle  Fox 8

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