However, Jacob was left in the auto for hours while Silva-Tello went inside her place of employment.
Hillsborough deputies are investigating the death Tuesday (Feb. 28) of a two year old who was left locked in a auto for five hours.
The two-year-old was in critical condition while being transported to Brandon Regional Hospital, where he died late Tuesday afternoon.
A sheriff's office news release details the incident, stating that deputies were called to a shopping center in Brandon, which is about 13 miles from Tampa, at about 2:40 p.m., in reference to "a child found locked in an unattended vehicle".
The preliminary investigation revealed that Jacob's half-sister Fiorella Vanessa Silva-Tello had the child with her when she drove to work at the BFF Kidz Child Care Center, 733 W. Lumsden Road. The local business said Jacob was not in their care at the time of his death and his half-sister "made a tragic mistake". When 21-year-old Fiorella Silva-Tello came back to her vehicle, she found the boy unconscious and took him to a neighboring business, where they called 9-1-1. She carried him to a dialysis center in the shopping plaza where first aid was administered. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived and took Jacob to the hospital where he later died.
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"We remind ourselves. We remind our family". "Trying to find the parents". His name was Jacob and he was two years old. Detectives are now interviewing Jacob's half-sister and any other potential witnesses along with gathering any physical evidence. It's unclear if the boy was enrolled in the day care.
"This is everyone's worst nightmare", said Larry McKinnon, spokesperson for the Hillsborough sheriff's office, according to NBC affiliate WFLA.
Investigators interviewed the woman and other witnesses, but no charges have been filed.
This is the second child in Florida to die in a hot vehicle in 2017.