UPDATE: Woman arraigned after being charged in hot car death of great-grandson

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UPDATE 5/11/17 @ 3:40 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman charged in the death of her great-grandson after leaving him inside a hot car for hours has been brought back to West Virginia.

Carolyn Davis, 65, of Point Pleasant, was arraigned Thursday in Mason County on a child neglect causing injury charge.

Police say Davis dropped the child's mother off at work on April 5 and then returned home on Lighthouse Lane with her great-grandson and his 4-year-old sibling.

Police say Davis got the 4-year-old out of the car, but left the 19-month-old inside, where police believe temperatures could've reached between 120 to 140 degrees.

According to police, the 19-month-old was left in the car from 7:30 in the morning to around 2:30 that afternoon.

Police say the 19-month-old died of heat exposure.

The mother noticed her son was unresponsive when Davis and her other child returned to pick her up from work later that day.

Police say they believe Davis knew the child was dead, but didn't want to be the person who reported it.

Police don't believe Davis intentionally left the child in the car.

Davis was given a $500,000 bond.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/10/17
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman is charged in the death of her great-grandson after police say the 19-month-old was left in a hot car for seven hours.

Carolyn Davis, 65, of Point Pleasant, is charged with child neglect resulting in death.

Police say Davis dropped the child's mother off at work on April 5 and then returned home on Lighthouse Lane with her great-grandson and his 4-year-old sibling.

Police say Davis got the 4-year-old out of the car, but left the 19-month-old inside, where police believe temperatures could've reached between 120 to 140 degrees.

According to police, the 19-month-old was left in the car from 7:30 in the morning to around 2:30 that afternoon.

No windows were left down in the car.

Police say the 19-month-old died of heat exposure.

The mother noticed her son was unresponsive when Davis and her other child returned to pick her up from work later that day.

Police say they believe Davis knew the child was dead, but didn't want to be the person who reported it.

Police don't believe Davis intentionally left the child in the car.

"She was able to live by herself and take care of herself up to this point," Cpl. A.B. Ward with WV State Police said. "Nothing would indicate she wasn't able to take care of the children. She'd taken care of them months prior to this."

"We really believe with the shape the house was in, that the best place for the baby was probably the car for the great-grandmother to leave him there," Lt. Shawn Ross with the Point Pleasant Police Department said, "and it had been cool since she's had the child since January. This happened to be a hot day, and it just got too hot."

According to police, the inside of the car was in extremely filthy condition as was the home.

Davis was picked up by authorities on May 5 in Ohio.

She is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail where she awaiting her extradition hearing.

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