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Posted: August 05, 2014

Baby dies in hot car; parents charged

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By Catherine Bilkey

WSOC-TV – Charlotte, N.C.

STATESVILLE, N.C. —

The parents of a 4-week-old child who died after being left in a hot car are now facing charges, according to police in Statesville, North Carolina.

According to WSOC-TV in Charlotte, police said the family returned home about 2 p.m. July 27. Officials said the parents did not remove the infant from the car and two hours later, the infant was discovered by his aunt.

The aunt and the child’s mother, Sherrie Clay, took the child to Iredell Memorial Hospital. Statesville Police Department and Iredell County of Social Services officials were notified at the time. The child died the next day.

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The couple’s remaining children were placed into temporary custody, police said.

On Monday, the Statesville Police Department determined the child died from hyperthermia.

Sherrie Tiesha Clay and Shakee Duquan Robinson were charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse. They each received a $200,000 secured bond and are being held in the Iredell County Jail.

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Their neighbors are horrified by what happened.

“When you have a kid, your first responsibility is your child,” neighbor Ashlie Natali said.

She said she can’t imagine leaving a child in a hot car.

“I mean it’s horrible; it’s horrifying,” Natali said.

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