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Ga. Toddler dies after arrested father fails to notify police of child in hot car

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Police in the east Atlanta town of Gwinnett County arrested Daviez Japez McCorry Whatley, 20, Tuesday after he showed up at the local police department around 2 p.m. EDT.

May 5 (News) – A toddler died in a hot car in Snellville, Georgia after the arrested father failed to inform authorities the child was outside in his vehicle.

Authorities learned of a parole violation warrant and took Whatley into custody.

Whatley initially visited the station to obtain firearms that had been seized in a previous case. He was arrested for violating probation in connection with a hit-and-run car accident while he was uninsured.

The man never mentioned that authorities said his 8-month-old daughter Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo was staying in his vehicle at the time of his arrest.

The entirety of her interaction with Whatley was captured on police bodycam footage, authorities said at a news conference.

The child’s grandmother took the child to the emergency room at Piedmont Eastside Medical Center around 9 p.m. EDT, where hospital officials pronounced the child dead after he was left in the vehicle outside the police station for seven hours.

Police found Whatley’s 2007 Mazda 3 near dumpsters in the Snellville City Hall parking lot, which is next to the police station, after learning of Whatley-Trejo’s death.

After being released from jail on Tuesday, the man was arrested on Wednesday for second-degree murder.

Greater Atlanta meteorologists reported a high temperature of nearly 86 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, 11Alive News reported.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the child’s death.

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