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.
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“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.