Man charged in hot-car death of 6-month-old daughter

Michael Thedford charged with leaving his 6-month-old daughter in a hot car leading to her death (KXAS Photo)

MELISSA, Texas (AP/KXAN) — A Dallas area man whose 6-month-old daughter died after she was left in a hot minivan parked outside the family home has been charged with manslaughter.

Michael Thedford was booked into the Collin County Jail after the grim Tuesday afternoon discovery and was released on $20,000 bond later in the day. The 33-year-old father’s jail record lists no attorney.

Capt. Jim Moody of the Collin County Sheriff’s Department says when deputies arrived around 1:30 p.m. they found the child removed from the car, but unresponsive. She later passed away.

The family lives in Melissa, about 40 miles north of Dallas. Thedford is married and has two other young children, according to neighbors.

“Forgetting a child? His child? It’s hard to believe,” said neighbor Fabiola Contreras. “I won’t see him outside with his kids no more. It’s going to be hard.”

The National Weather Service reports the temperature at the nearby McKinney National Airport had risen to the low 90s but felt like the upper 90s by that time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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