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5-year-old boy dies after health clinic employees left him in hot van for 9 hours

By Mason White 4:57 PM June 15, 2017
Christopher Gardner, Jr.
Christopher Gardner, Jr.
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A young disabled boy suffered a horrible death after health care workers left him in a hot van for an entire day, according to police in Arkansas.

The West Memphis Police Department said that multiple employees will face charges after 5-year-old Christopher Gardner, Jr., was signed into the health care facility despite being left in the hot van for 9 hours.

According to the police investigation, on Monday, at around 6:30 a.m., Gardner was picked up from his home by a driver for the West Memphis Day Treatment Clinic, which is operated by the Ascent Children’s Health Services.

At around 7:15 a.m., the van arrived at the health care facility.

All children were removed from the van except for Gardner.

The boy was signed into facility at 7:15 a.m., despite being left in the hot van.

At around 3:30 p.m., when the driver was getting ready to take the children home, he was shocked to discover that Gardner was still in the booster seat.

The driver called for help, but paramedics were unable to revive the child. The temperature soared to 88 degrees on Monday.

Police believe that the temperature in the van reached 141 degrees. The van was supposed to be checked three times a day, but nobody noticed the boy on the van.

4 employees were fired for not following safety procedures.

The CEO of Ascent Children’s Health Services, Dan Sullivan, apologized to the family and offered to pay for the funeral, but the family rejected the gesture.