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6-month-old girl dies after father left her in hot car before being placed in fridge to cool off

By Mason White 2:13 PM June 23, 2016
Michael Thedford 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A father was arrested on a charge of manslaughter after allegedly leaving his daughter inside a hot car until she died, according to police in Texas.

Dallas police said that they have arrested 33-year-old Michael Thedford, after being accused of placing his 6-month-old daughter in the fridge in order to cool her off even though she was already dead from a heat stroke.

Thedford was charged with one count of manslaughter. He was booked into the Collin County Jail, and his bail was set at $20,000.

According to the police investigation, Thedford, a former high school teacher, took his 3-year-old and 5-year-old kids to school around 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

When he returned home, Thedford forgot his 6-month-old daughter in the car. He went to sleep for four hours. When he woke up, he realized that he left the girl in his car.

Thedford brought the girl inside the home and put her in the refrigerator. He called his wife, who was at work, and 911.

Police arrived at the home around 1:30 p.m., and found the girl dead in the kitchen. The temperature was 95 degrees around 1:00 p.m.