4-year-old left inside hot day care van honks horn until neighbor comes to rescue

ATLANTA — Police arrested local day care workers who investigators say left a 4-year-old boy alone in a hot van for an hour.

The woman who found the child told Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes that the only reason why she saw the boy is because he kept honking the horn trying to get someone's attention.

She said the boy had taken off his shirt and his shoes and she could tell his body was overheating.

She quickly called police.

Three staff members were later arrested.


The Rev. P.L. Redmond Jr., who runs the Evelyn Redmond Christian Academy at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, had no comment when Fernandes asked him about the arrest.

As she left the church, Fernandes saw staff members taking the day care sign off the building.

State officials with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning told Fernandes the day care is not licensed, but they do have a special exemption where they’re allowed to have a certain number of children between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The child was found after those hours around 3 p.m., according to police.