A Georgia man has been charged with murder after leaving his young daughter in his hot car while going to a police station to pick up a gun seized in a previous case, officials said.
Davied Whatley, 20, of Grayson, parked his Mazda 3 in the Smallville City Hall parking lot around 2 p.m. Tuesday and left his 8-month-old boy inside when he went to police to get the gun, authorities said.
When police checked him, they found he was wanted for a probation violation related to hit-and-run without insurance, CBS 46 reported.
Whaltey was taken into custody and sent to the Gwinnett County Jail – but never told police he left Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo in the car, officials said.
“I’m absolutely amazed that anyone would leave an 8 month old in a car, park outside our building and walk here knowing the child is in the car and leave them there, I’m amazed,” Detective Jeff Manley said the outlet.
“We got him on video from the moment he walked in that lobby to the point we took him to the Gwinnett County Detention Center and left him there with the sheriff’s deputies, he was on video the whole time, he never made any statement that there was a child in the car,” he added.
Whatley was released on parole but was arrested on Wednesday for murder.
Nova’s mother, Selena, said in a statement: “My daughter was loved so much by me and by so many people. It wasn’t supposed to be her time, but it was taken from me and the world too soon.”
The child’s grandmother, Letitia Padilla, told WSB-TV that the “situation should not have happened”.
She insisted Whatley had asked the police to check on his daughter.
“All they had to do was listen. They thought he was lying,” Padilla told the broadcaster.
Around 9:30 p.m. Monday, Padilla said Whatley was finally able to call a friend, who then informed her about the girl. She said she rushed to the parking lot and found Nova dead in the back seat.
“He loved his daughter,” she told WSB-TV.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/05/georgia-man-charged-with-murder-after-leaving-baby-in-hot-car/ Georgia man charged with murder after leaving baby in hot car