Mason County woman faces charges after 19-month-old dies in hot car

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Police charged a woman after her great-grandson died after she allegedly left him in a hot car for seven hours.

Police said Carolyn Davis, 67, of Point Pleasant, returned to her Lighthouse Lane home after dropping the child’s mother at work on April 5. Davis was with her two great-grandchildren, the 19-month-old and his 4-year-old sibling.

According to police, Davis took the 4-year-old out of the vehicle but left the other child inside. The child was left in the car from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Police said the child died of heat exposure, as temperatures in the car could have reached between 120 to 140 degrees. No windows were left down.

They added the car and Davis’ home were in filthy conditions.

The child’s mother noticed he was unresponsive when Davis and the second child returned to pick her up from her job.

Police said they believe Davis knew the child was dead but did not want to report it. They also said they do not believe Davis intentionally left the child in the car.

Authorities in Ohio took Davis in on May 5. She is currently at Gallia County Jail in Gallipolis, Ohio, awaiting her extradition hearing.

Davis was charged with child neglect resulting in death.

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