HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse has confirmed a six-month-old baby has died after being left in a vehicle Thursday.
Hillhouse said the baby was a girl. He said the driver had left from Athens but the baby was discovered dead in the vehicle in Brownsboro around 3:30 p.m. and had been left there for several hours.
Hillhouse said Jackson Earl Tetrick, 25, of Brownsboro, was arrested during the investigation. Jail records show he is charged with criminal negligent homicide.
Hillhouse said Tetrick was arrested in the Brownsboro Elementary School at 6:40 p.m.
Hillhouse said Tetrick took his wife to work and dropped off another child at the school Thursday morning. Tetrick said he returned to the family home and forgot the baby was still in the car seat, Hillhouse said.
At about 9:20 a.m., Tetrick left his home and went to work in Athens. When he picked up the older child at school at 3:30 p.m., he remembered he did not drop off the baby at the babysitter's house earlier in the morning.
The baby was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m.
Brownsboro ISD Superintendent Tommy Hunter released a statement on the incident Thursday afternoon:
"The BISD Police Department and Brownsboro Police Department responded to the report of an unresponsive infant in the parking lot of BES. When our teachers and staff learned the infant was unresponsive they immediately began administering life-saving procedures until first responders and law enforcement arrived.
We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate event and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Multiple other agencies also responded, including Henderson County Sheriff's Office. No BISD students were involved with the incident. Henderson County Sheriff's Office has taken over the investigation.
I am proud of how quickly and professionally our staff responded to the emergency."