Hot Car Death Blamed on Toddler's Grandfather

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    A North Texas grandfather surrendered Wednesday to face criminal charges for the April death of his 20-month-old granddaughter in a hot car. (Published Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014)

    A North Texas grandfather surrendered Wednesday to face criminal charges for the April death of his 20-month-old granddaughter in a hot car.

    James Hollingsworth, 59, was released on $5,000 bond from the North Richland Hills Detention Facility for the charge of injury to a child/recklessly by omission.

    North Richland Hills police officer Keith Bauman said Hollingsworth called 911 April 22 after his 11-year-old grandson discovered Aurora Aryana Hollingsworth girl in her grandfather's car.

    Hollingsworth was supposed to drop Aurora off at daycare that morning after taking her mother to work in Keller.

    “This is a tragic event for all those involved and if anything we’d like this to be a learning lesson to other people, anytime you are responsible for the safety of a child,” Bauman said.

    Bauman said the high temperature that day was only 84 degrees.

    “It does not have to be a sweltering day of 100 plus temperatures for it to be dangerous for a child to be in that vehicle,’ he said.