Brownsboro man arrested after child dies in car

A Brownsboro man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after his 6-month-old daughter died in his car.

She was “left in a vehicle all day,” according to a press release from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. “Jackson Tetrick, 24 … was arrested in the parking lot of the Brownsboro Elementary School on state Hwy 31 at 6:40 p.m.”

Tetrick took his wife to work and dropped off another child at the school on Thursday morning, the press rel ease shows.

“He said he returned to the family home, forgetting the infant was still in the car seat in the automobile. About 9:20 a.m., Tetrick left his residence to go to work in Athens. When he picked up the older child at school at 3:30, he remembered he did not drop off the infant at the babysitter’s house earlier in the morning.”

According to the press release, emergency CPR was administered by school employees. She was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Tony Duncan.

“The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case Personnel from the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, Brownsboro ISD Police Department, Brownsboro Police Department, Athens Police Department and Child Protective Services are assisting.”

Tetrick remained in the Henderson County jail on Friday on $100,000 bond.

The child’s body was sent to American Forensic in Dallas for an autopsy.

Since 1998, an average of 36 children die of vehicular heat stroke each year across the country, the press release shows. The highest number of deaths was 49 in 2010, and the lowest was 24 in 2015. Studies show that a child can die in as little as 15 minutes after being left in an unattended hot vehicle.