Jacksonville man pleads not guilty in death of 4-month-old left in hot van

Jacksonville man accused in baby's death pleads not guilty

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Darryl Ewing appeared in court Monday morning entering a not guilty plea in the death of an infant left in a hot day care van in May.  His charges have been upgraded to aggravated manslaughter of a child.


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  • Brooklyn died following the incident at Ewing's Love & Hope Preschool & Academy on Jacksonville's Westside. She was 4 months old.
  • Ewing, the co-owner of the day care, was the driver of the van where Brooklyn was left in for nearly five hours. He faces a charge of child neglect.
  • He entered a plea at his arraignment hearing.
  • The hearing had been pushed back at least 18 times, according to court records.
  • The day care is no longer open
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