Deputies: 18-month-old boy left in hot car for hours, mom charged with neglect

by: Deanna Bettineschi Updated:


NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities in Nassau County have charged a mother with child neglect without great bodily harm after one of her children rescued their 18-month-old brother from a hot car in Yulee on Tuesday.

The young boy, according to investigators, spent several hours in the car before being rescued.

Investigators say the mother, 25-year-old Michelle King, drove her husband to work Tuesday morning. She took their their 18-month-old twins and 6-year-old with her.

She returned home, grabbed one twin and walked inside, according to authorities. The mother fell asleep.

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The 6-year-old returned to the car four hours later and found the 18-month-old boy, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Paramedics rushed the child to UF Health in Jacksonville. Action News spoke to the boy's grandfather on Tuesday night and said he is doing better. However, A nursing supervisor told Action News Wednesday morning that the child is in serious condition. 

The family moved into the home just a couple of months ago, according to neighbors.

It's the second hot car incident this week. Police said 49-year-old Vivian Guo left her 5-year-old daughter in a hot car outside the Costco near the St. Johns Town Center. Shoppers rescued the girl. Guo returned to her car about 45 minutes later.

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