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Father attempts to revive baby in fridge after forgetting her in hot car

Michael Thedford has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his 6-month-old daughter.
Michael Thedford has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his 6-month-old daughter. Collin County Sheriff's Department via AP

A man who allegedly left his 6-month-old daughter in a hot car after dropping his other children off at daycare put her in the refrigerator in attempt to revive her, according to an arrest warrant issued Wednesday.

The Texas man, Michael Thedford, took his elder children to daycare around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, but the baby was sick so he took her back home. He went inside to take a nap, forgetting the youngest child was still in the car.

According to the warrant, Thedford remembered the baby was still in the car when he awoke so he ran outside. She was unresponsive and he took her into the house, where he then placed her in the refrigerator “for an undetermined length of time prior to calling 911.”

The temperature was in the low 90s.

The Collin County Sheriff’s Department said officers arrived around 1:30 p.m. to find the child dead in the kitchen. Thedford told officers he tried to perform CPR on his daughter while calling his wife and 911.

Thedford, an unemployed school teacher, has been charged with manslaughter and was released on a $20,000 bond Tuesday.

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