Grandmother arrested after baby left in car
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police have arrested the grandmother who admitted she left her granddaughter alone in the family car to die.
Thursday afternoon, the 3-month-old baby girl was in the care of her grandmother Miriam Olivera, who admitted to City of Miami Police that she forgot she had left the infant in the car outside her family's home. Hours later, when she remembered, it was too late.
The tragedy unfolded on Northwest 68th Street and Fifth Avenue. Police responded at about 1:30 in the afternoon after receiving a horrific call from Olivera. "The grandmother calls and says she left her granddaughter in car for more than four hours," said Miami Police detective Willie Moreno.
Police responded, along with fire rescue. The mother of the child could be seen in the arms of a police officer as she cried in anguish outside her house. Overcome with grief, Olivera was taken from the home by stretcher to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Police said Olivera had taken her daughter to work with the baby riding along with them. After she dropped her daughter off, she drove back home, parked the car in front of the home the three shared, walked inside, leaving the baby in the car. "Apparently there are so many things that are distracting her that she goes inside the house and forgets this granddaughter," said Moreno.
The father of the baby lives in Honduras.
Miami hit 89 degrees that day, which tied the all-time high temperature for the month of December, according to weather forecasters.
Police said Olivera refused to speak to police, and has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.
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