Elementary school teacher leaves toddler in hot car: Dougkindra Wallace Biography, Wiki
Dougkindra Wallace is a Florida woman who was criminally charged Monday in connection with the death of a 20-month-old boy who was reportedly left in a hot vehicle weeks earlier.
Orange County police arrested 34-year-old elementary school teacher Dougkindra Wallace on charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and neglect of a child in connection with the death of Jace Leslie on September 11.
Leslie’s mother regularly paid Wallace to take her to daycare in Pine Hills. On the day in question, she had left her own son with a babysitter and drove to the elementary school where she worked, forgetting to drive Leslie to her daycare and leaving her in her car for eight hours, according to WFTV.
After getting off work, Wallace reportedly left a textbook at a student’s home before driving to Pine Hills daycare, presumably believing he brought Leslie there that morning. Wallace arrived at the nursery around 3:45 p.m. That’s when she found the dead toddler in a rear-facing car seat in her vehicle, according to reports.
Daycare employees were seen trying to resurrect Leslie in the front yard. The boy’s mother arrived approximately 30 minutes later.
An arrest report said the third-grade teacher left the car running while her temperature was being checked in the Rolling Hills Elementary School office that morning. After that, she reportedly returned to her vehicle, drove to the teacher’s parking lot, turned off the car, and entered the school around 7:55 a.m..
The Orlando Sentinel reported that for 10 months, Leslie’s mother paid Wallace $ 80 a month to take her son to daycare on the days she worked.
“By the time Dougkindra Wallace should have driven to Jace’s daycare (when she left her own son’s daycare), it should only have taken her approximately five to six minutes to drive there,” the arrest report states.
“During the transport, Dougkindra Wallace was on the phone and probably distracted, passing Jace’s daycare and driving to her workplace.”
The heat index reached 105 degrees the day Leslie was reportedly left in the car.
According to No Heat Stroke, Leslie is the 22nd child to die in a hot car this year. In 2019, 52 children died from vehicular heatstroke.