1 child dead, another hospitalized after being found in hot car

Tuesday, July 25th 2017, 6:59 pm PDT

A Portales infant has died and a second child has been hospitalized after being left in a hot car this afternoon.

According to the Eastern New Mexico News, Portales Police responded to a call around 3:00 p.m. for what was described as infant children who were left in a hot car.

The children were transported to Roosevelt General Hospital. One child has died, and the other remains in the hospital.

There is no further information about how long the children were in the car at this time.

A NewsChannel 10 employee who has been in contact with the family has confirmed that this is the current situation.

This is a developing story, and NewsChannel 10 will continue to update the story as information becomes available.

Two daycare workers arrested in child's death

July 26, 2017

PORTALES — One child died, another is in critical condition and two Portales daycare workers have been arrested for leaving the children in a hot vehicle for about 90 minutes on Tuesday afternoon.

Sandi Taylor, 31, and her mother Mary E. Taylor, 67, are charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and child abuse resulting in death, officials said. Both were held in Roosevelt County Detention Center without bond on Tuesday night.

Officials did not immediately release the names or ages of the children, but said one died at Roosevelt General Hospital and another was transferred to a Lubbock-area hospital. “We don’t know if she’ll make it or not,” Assistant District Attorney Brian Stover said late Tuesday.

A Portales police news release said police responded to the in-home daycare on South Avenue C at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday for a report of two children having seizures. They found two children not breathing and began lifesaving attempts.

Stover said police believe Sandi Taylor took six children to a local park, while Mary Taylor stayed at the home with four other children. When Sandi Taylor returned to the daycare, she took four children inside and left two in the vehicle.

“The worker was intending to go back and get (the two left behind), but she got distracted by something — she doesn’t know what — and then began to fill out some paperwork,” Stover said. “They put the children down for naps and did not notice the two missing at the time. A short time later, they realized it and found the children and began to attempt lifesaving procedures and called 911.”

Stover declined to release the ages of the two children, but said neither was old enough to get out of a car seat without assistance. He said the children were not related.

Portales’ temperatures were in the mid-90s on Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported.

The Kids and Cars safety organization reports an average of 37 children die each year in hot cars in the United States. Most are age 3 and under.

Neither Stover nor Police Lt. Chris Williams could remember a child dying after being left in a vehicle in the Clovis-Portales area in recent years.