Mother Arrested After 8-Year-Old Daughter Dies in Hot Car in Charlotte, North Carolina

Ashlee Stallings, a 36-year-old mother, has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in connection with the death of her 8-year-old daughter in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to a report of a young child in distress on Wednesday evening.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the 8-year-old girl in critical condition inside a vehicle. She was immediately transported to the hospital but was later pronounced deceased. The cause of death was determined to be a brain herniation due to hyperthermia, according to an arrest affidavit.

Investigation revealed that Stallings had left her daughter in the vehicle in hot weather conditions, leading to a medical emergency. Stallings returned to the car and found her daughter breathing shallowly and foaming at the mouth. She attempted to drive to a hospital but stopped and sought help from a local business.

Stallings admitted to being aware that her daughter was in the car and acknowledged that she should not have left her alone, especially considering the outside temperature was 94 degrees Fahrenheit. She claimed to have left the air conditioning on, believing her daughter had turned off the car due to feeling cold.

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