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Posted: September 21, 2015

Teacher temporarily removed from classroom after baby found dead in SUV


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Investigators in central Florida say an infant who died last week after inadvertently being left all day in a vehicle outside a middle school was the relative of a teacher at the school.

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The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Monday that Chanda Larson told investigators that 6-month-old Trenton Cason-Collins and his older sister were cousins and both had been placed in her care six weeks ago.

Trenton died Friday after Larson accidentally left him in her SUV, deputies said.

Larson told investigators she had dropped off her son at his school Friday morning and then brought Trenton’s sister to her bus stop. Larson was then supposed to leave Trenton at a day care in Deltona, but forgot and drove directly to Deltona Middle School, arriving there at about 7:30 a.m.

The initial incident report indicated that Trenton was found face down on the back seat of Larson’s silver, 2008 Honda SUV and out of his car seat.

According to Larson's statement, when she discovered Trenton in the vehicle Friday afternoon, she removed him from the car seat and called out for help. A bystander responded and attempted to resuscitate Trenton, but when the efforts failed, Trenton was placed on the back seat in the position he was found when deputies arrived.

Authorities said they received a frantic 911 call from Larson about the baby at 3:54 p.m. Friday. Trenton was left in a car seat in the back seat of the SUV that was in the parking lot of the school campus on Enterprise Road.

Authorities said Larson was so upset that she handed the phone to a coworker.

Coworker to 911 operator: "I think she forgot the child and left him in the school lot, in the car all day while she was at work."

So far, no charges have been filed, but Larson has been temporarily removed from the classroom, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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