My heart goes out to the family of Milliani Robertson-Lawrence. Unfortunately, she was found dead after being left in a hot minivan at the PATCO station in Lindenwold, officials say. A family friend told Eyewitness News she suffocated in the hot car.
According to police, the girl was spotted in the van by a passerby around 2:30 p.m. Friday. The family came back to the car just before 5:30 p.m.
Those who were at the PATCO Lindenwold station were taken aback when they learned what happened.
“I’m sure it was an accident but nonetheless, how do you leave a kid in a car?” asked Juan Cave, who was picking up his wife from the station.
That’s the same question the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is now asking.
Milliani's father had this to say:
“What did you do for eight hours that you forgot a 2-year-old? Exactly what were you doing at the PATCO station?” Lawrence said. “You killed my daughter. You took her from me.”
"I'm more than livid. I lost my daughter." The father of a 22-month-old girl who was found dead in a minivan near a PATCO station during a hot Friday afternoon is demanding answers as police investigate. He speaks to @RosemaryConnors https://t.co/RvfEtjBVXV pic.twitter.com/wYj3nvNPxf— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) August 19, 2019
Camden County prosecutors have not yet filed charges in the case.
Some 900 miles away in Booneville, Mississippi a 21-month-old boy was found dead in a hot car in a parking lot in blistering hot temperatures. According to Police Chief Michael Ramey, officers found the child dead Friday afternoon inside a vehicle on North Second Street.
The vehicle was located near a children’s daycare and an adult daycare, both of which share a parking lot.
“It appears the child was left in a vehicle at a workplace in Booneville for several hours during the day prior to arriving at the daycare facility at approximately 5:00 PM, when the child was discovered in the vehicle,” Ramey said in a news release.
The police chief did not name the 21-month-old boy but said the body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office.
Investigators are gathering video and statements, Ramey said.
According to a family friend, one of the parents went to the daycare to pick up the child and found out the child never made it there.