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Mother charged in death of infant left in car

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jul 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-31 17:57:25-04

Update, July 30:

The Tallahassee Police Department announced Saturday that the mother of the 11-month-old found dead in a car earlier this month is being charged.

According to reports, Tia Washington, 28, inadvertently left her infant son in her car during her shift at Big Bend Hospice.

"After consultation with the State Attorney's Office, [detectives] arranged arrest warrants to charge Washington with aggravated manslaughter of a child. Washington turned herself in to the Leon County Detention Facility on July 20," the department stated.

Update, July 20:

The Tallahassee Police Department has released more details about the child who was found dead in a parked vehicle on Tuesday.

According to reports, a mother arrived for work at Big Bend Hospice and parked in the lot, inadvertently leaving her 11-month-old son in the vehicle during her shift.

The mother found her child unresponsive in the vehicle at the end of her shift. TPD states that Big Bend Hospice called 911 and the child was pronounced dead on the scene.

"At this time, no arrests have been made and the investigation remains on-going," TPD states. "An autopsy and toxicology report will be performed on the child to determine the exact cause of death, which is unknown at this time. Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and comb through evidence. At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives will present their findings to the State Attorney's Office for a decision on potential charges."

The Tallahassee Police Department announced Tuesday afternoon it is investigating the death of an 11-month-old child.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, the child was left in a parked vehicle for an extended period of time at the 1700 block of Mahan Center Boulevard.

TPD reports the child died because of injuries sustained.

Tallahassee Police Department detectives ask anyone who may have any information regarding the incident to please call TPD at 850-891-4200.

TPD adds an individual may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.