Grandfather Convicted of Child Neglect in Hot Car Incident


Authorities said that a Florida grandfather was charged with child neglect after leaving his 1-year old granddaughter in a hot vehicle at an airport rental location.

David Towner (62), was released on bail Tuesday and told to not contact his grandchild, according online court records.

Volusia Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Daytona Beach International Airport Monday after Hertz employees had found the abandoned girl in a rented car. Authorities said they were called.

The 1-year-old girl had been in the vehicle for about 45 minutes when workers found her, the sheriff’s office said, noting she was warm and her face was streaked with dried tears but she was breathing normally. The temperature was 80 degrees.

The child’s mother also called 911 to say she’d just found out her father, Towner, had left her daughter in the rental car, according to a transcript of the emergency call made by the mom.

Mother: “I picked my dad up at the airport and he was dropping a rental car off and … he left my daughter in the rental car at Daytona International Airport.”

The 911 operator had already been notified of the incident, authorities said.

Mother: “I will meet them at the airport. I will go as fast as possible.”

Dispatcher: “Okay. Alright. Make sure you’re following all traffic laws.”

Mother: “That’s not going to happen. My baby is in the car.”

Dispatcher: Ma’am, listen, listen to us. Take a deep breath. Pay attention to what I am saying. She is safe, I’m pretty certain. I’m almost positive that this is the call that this is in reference to.”

The sheriff’s Office stated that Towner was cooperative and remorseful during interrogations by deputies.

“The child was scared and hot, but thankfully in good health when checked by paramedics,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.



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