An arrest warrant issued Wednesday tells more details about a father detained after supposedly leaving his 6-month-old daughter in a hot car, triggering her death.
According to the warrant released for Michael Thedford, the Melissa father informed investigators that he took his 5-year-old and 3-year-old children to daycare at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. He mentioned the youngest child, called Fern according to her grandpa, wasn’t going to day care that day since she had a virus and was having a fever.
When he went house, Thedford states he forgot the infant was in the automobile and went inside the house to rest.
The warrant mentions that when he woke up around 1 p.m., approximately four hours later on, he said he found the baby in the car and ran outside. He discovered her unresponsive and took her into the house.
Thedford informed police he put his daughter in the fridge for an undetermined length of time before to calling 911.
The warrant goes on to say Thedford informed policemans he called his other half and 911 while aiming to perform CPR on the child. When deputies arrived, they found the child dead in the kitchen.
While being spoken with by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Thedford told deputies he’s a jobless high school instructor. He stated his spouse of 12 years is a vet in Plano, and she was at work during the incident.
Thedford got arrested Tuesday on a charge of manslaughter and was released after posting a $20,000 bond.
Temperature levels in Collin County reached 91 degrees by midday the day the child passed away.
Child Protective Services is investigating. The two older kids are not presently in CPS custody.