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Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kennesaw

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  • Kennesaw day care center were infant died in hot car.

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A family member of the baby who died after being left in a hot car in Kennesaw has been arrested.

Jennifer Peacock, 21, turned herself in to the Cobb County Sheriff's Office.

She has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and second degree cruelty to children, and is currently in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

The five-month-old baby was left in a car for over five hours Wednesday, May 25.

Jeri Wallis fought back tears as she described how the baby's death impacted the child's family and the day care where it happened.

"The whole family is devastated," Wallis told 11 Alive News.

"Ivy Hall as a family is devastated and we're all grieving and praying for this family," she added.

Wallis is the Administrator for Ivy Hall Day School where one of her employees left the infant in a hot car on a 90 degree Wednesday afternoon.

The child was dead when they found her five hours later.

Wallis says the employee was a relative of the infant who did not usually care for her.

"She's not normally the one who brings her in and she just forgot that she was in the car," Wallis said.

Ironically, the day care center had recently sent out letters warning parents about the danger of leaving children in hot cars where temperatures can reach 150 degrees in only 40 minutes on just a 70 degree day.

On May 26, they sent parents a second letter describing the tragedy that happened in their parking lot.

The Kennesaw Police report said the related employee, the child's mother and some other family members were so overcome with grief that several were taken to Kennestone Hospital.

"It's really gonna depend on an investigation before we actually get into what charges, how many and all that, but right now it is a tragic accident what happened," said Kennesaw Police spokesman Officer Scott Luther.

The same afternoon this child died Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Safe Kids Georgia conducted a public demonstration on the dangers of just such incidents.

According to Jan Null, Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at San Francisco University, the Kennesaw child's death is the first in Georgia this year and the fifth in the nation.

Null says 49 such deaths happened last year nationwide, with three in Georgia.

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