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Police Say Dallas Boy Died in a Hot Van

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A police affidavit says a four-year-old Dallas boy died July 20th after being left for hours in a hot day-care van, not at a playground as previously reported.

The police now say evidence indicates Jacob Fox died after spending hours in a van outside the Dream House Learning Center in Southeastern Dallas.

As a result, a child endangerment charge against 40-year-old day-care owner Blynithia Washington has been raised to injury to a child. Both are second-degree felonies, but bail's been raised from 200-thousand dollars to a half (M) million dollars.

Washington remains in a Dallas County jail after her arrest in the child's heatstroke death.

The child died after Washington called police to a Balch Springs playground, where she said she found him unconscious.

But a Balch Springs police affidavit says the boy apparently never made it out of the van after Washington picked him up the morning of July 20th. The affidavit says the boy's brother noticed him missing after midday, and a center employee found Jacob unconscious in the van.

The affidavit doesn't say how Jacob made it to the playground.


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