I know people can be very busy and forgetful, but to leave your child in a hot steamy car! I just can’t find the words to explain how I’m furious right now.
The child’s mother, Stephanie Gray, 39, had meant to take her son to the center after dropping off his 11-year-old brother at a nearby middle school that same morning, but forgot and drove home instead.
Cops said the boy sat in the oven-like car in the family’s driveway for nearly seven hours, as temps in Donelson, east of Nashville, soared above 90 degrees.
When it was time to pick the boy up, Gray got back in the car and drove to the church without realizing he was already in the back seat.
“Everyone is just in total shock,” Metro Councilman Steve Glover, who attends the same church, told the newspaper.
“They’re just a very loving, close-knit family,” he added. “I don’t think anyone that knows them, or for that matter, anyone who doesn’t know them, doesn’t have a void in their hearts right now.”
Gray, an attorney who specializes in veteran’s issues, has not been charged with a crime.
However, this is not the first child to die in the Nashville region in a hot car, in the past week.
Last Thursday, two children were found dead inside a car in Smyrna after their mom, Samantha Harper, said she put them there and then fell asleep in her house.
Harper was charged with two counts of especially aggravated child abuse and made a brief court appearance Thursday.
Five children have died as a result of being left behind in hot cars in Tennessee this year, while 23 have died nationwide.