DALLAS, T.X. (NEWS10) – A Dallas area man whose 6-month-old daughter died after she was left in a hot minivan parked outside the family home has been charged with manslaughter.
Michael Thedford was booked into the Collin County Jail after the grim Tuesday afternoon discovery and was released on $20,000 bond later in the day.
According to the warrant issued for Michael Thedford, the father told investigators that he took his 5-year-old and 3-year-old children to daycare at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. The 6-month-old was also in the car in the backseat.
Then he went home. Thedford says he forgot the baby was in the car and went inside the house to take a nap.
The warrant states that when he woke up around 1 p.m., roughly four hours later, he said he realized the baby was in the car and ran outside. He found her unresponsive and took her into the house.
Police say he put the unresponsive child in a refrigerator to revive her, but she later died. Thedford told police he placed his daughter in there “for an undetermined length of time prior to calling 911.”
While being interviewed by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Thedford told deputies he’s an unemployed high school teacher. He said his wife of 12 years is a veterinarian in Plano, and she was at work during the incident.
Temperatures in Collin County reached 91 degrees by noon the day the child died.
Child Protective Services is investigating. The two older children are not currently in CPS custody.
The 33-year-old father’s jail record lists no attorney.