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Infant dies after being left inside Florida day care van

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Deputies arrested 56-year-old Darryl Ewing for the infant's death.

The girl, later identified as Brooklyn Isaac, had been left in the hot van for nearly five hours before she was discovered. Officials say the child had been in the hot vehicle for about five hours.

According to United States authorities, the 4-month-old was picked up from her home on Wednesday morning (Thursday NZ time) along with other children headed to the Ewing's Love and Hope Preschool and Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.

Police said the girl was found in a child safety seat inside the van at Ewing's Love and Hope Preschool on Lenox Avenue about 1 p.m, almost five hours after the vehicle used to pick up children was parked out front.

All the children - but one - were offloaded and taken inside the daycare, investigators said.

Investigators say the girl's mother had called the daycare to check on her, and an employee said she didn't know the child was there. Officials said he was the driver of the van and there were no other daycare employees inside the van. The girl was transported to the Wolfsons hospital but she was pronounced dead at 2.53pm.

Police said the Ewing's Love and Hope Preschool cares for about 14 children and no other children were injured, WJXT reports.

"No other employees were on the transport van during the transit to the center", the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said in a statement Wednesday evening.

DCF has issued an emergency suspension order to cease operations at the daycare centre, which had been licensed by the agency since 2016.

"DCF immediately opened a joint child death and childcare licensing investigation in coordination with law enforcement", DCF secretary Chad Poppell said.

However, the 4-month-old baby girl was left inside. He was arrested and booked into jail for child neglect.

After Gloryian Ewing, 51, (shown in 2017 Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo) completed a pretrial intervention, the charges were dropped.

That's when they went outside to search the van.

The child's name has not yet been revealed.

Another woman who works at a different child care center calls it a tragedy. "Just coming to day care and being taken care of and not returning home". Police have reported that the investigation is ongoing.

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