The State Attorney's Office is contemplating whether to file charges against a woman who police said left her child inside a car for several hours Wednesday, resulting in his death.
Local 10 News was told that Maidelmys Llaca, 26, worked at a hair salon on Bird Road and Southwest 97th Avenue, and may have accidentally left her child in the car.
Detectives were back at the Westchester shopping center Thursday morning, where Llaca's child was found unresponsive inside her Nissan Altima.
Witnesses said the child was a boy, who was about a year old.
Authorities said the boy was not breathing after being left inside the car for about four hours.
"I heard the screaming in the back and then I rushed in the back to see what was going on. The baby was already on the floor. It looked like it was already too late," witness Juan Carmenat said.
The boy was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives reviewed footage from security cameras, questioned employees at the salon and took statements from Llaca.
No one would speak to Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon Thursday at Llaca's home.
Regular customers at the salon are left wondering how this could have happened.
"It's unfortunate employees cannot afford child care," one customer, Cathy O'Sullivan said. "I've seen children in the salon before. She could've brought him inside."
According to the organization Kids & Cars, 43 children in the U.S. died of heatstroke last year after being locked in a car. Florida ranks second in the nation in these tragedies, with 90 fatalities since 1992.
A representative with the Florida Department of Children and Families said the department had no prior contact with the family.
"My heart goes out to this family who have lost a precious child," DCF secretary Mike Carroll said in a statement. "It is easy to assume this could never happen to you, but time and time again I see caregivers who let themselves slip into a routine when transporting children and make a fatal mistake when that routine is disrupted. More than half of all child deaths from hot cars are the result of a parent inadvertently leaving the child in their car."
DCF has launched an investigation into the boy's death.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.