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UPDATE: Charges Pending Against Foster Parents in Toddler's Death

By: Brooks Jarosz, Anna Baxter Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 7/23/12 @ 3:30 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charges are expected to be filed against the foster parents of a 3-year-old girl who was found dead in a car in Jackson County.

Deputies say "Jasmine" was left in the car for nearly three hours before she was found.

The family had just gotten back from church and had several children and adults in a SUV. Investigators say everyone got out the vehicle and went inside the house to take naps.

Jackson County Deputies estimate the little girl was inside the hot vehicle for about three hours before her family realized she was missing about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. She died in the driveway.

"Through some sort of confusion about which parent may have done what the 3-year-old was left in the child seat in the third row seat in an SUV," Chief Deputy Tony Boggs - Jackson County Sheriff's Department said. "It's the worst case of dealing with a child death especially one that didn't have to happen."

The family told detectives Jasmine fell asleep on the way home from church and they didn't realize she was left in the car.

In an interview with WSAZ.com, the victim's foster uncle says the family is devastated about what's happened.

"We love the heck out of them and still love the heck out of them even though this happened," David Hafer, the victim's foster uncle said. "They always called me uncle Dave and I always liked that...I'd play with them all the time and they were as happy as all get out I thought."

"Just the middle of the summer and the heat that we've had -- it takes very little time for something of this nature to occur," Chief Deputy Boggs said. "Uh you know, it gives you goose bumps you can't imagine."

Deputies say they expect to file child neglect charges against the child's foster parents this week.

Investigators tell WSAZ.com the couple also had custody of an older child, but CPS has now taken custody of him, according to deputies.

"They were just in our family just the same as any of the rest of our kids were and we love them to pieces and we hate that this happened -- I'm telling you because those kids are just like our family and we really do miss them," Hafer said. "They were just all happy to get out to church and...I just don't know it's weird...I don't like it a bit but I don't know."

Jasmine's foster parent is blaming himself for taking the family to church, according to Hafer.

"He says if maybe he hadn't have gone to church maybe this wouldn't have happened. And I said no..., going to church didn't make it happen or what not," Hafer said. "God's not going to take care of things like this -- that's the devil doing that."

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UPDATE 7/22/12 10:55 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- New details have emerged after a small child died after being left in a vehicle in the Silverton area of Jackson County.

WSAZ.com has learned the family had just gotten back from church and had several children and adults in a SUV.

Investigators say everyone got out the vehicle except for a 3-year-old girl who was left in the vehicle.

Jackson County Deputies estimate the little girl was inside the hot vehicle for about three hours before her family realized she was missing. She died in the driveway.

The incident is under investigation, but is still being treated as an accident as of Sunday night.

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ORIGINAL STORY
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A small child has died after being left in a car.

Emergency crews at the scene tell WSAZ.com it happened in the Silverton area of Jackson County.

Emergency crews say it appears to be accidential. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has been called to the scene to investigate.

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