Bodycam footage shows the moment a Georgia father was taken to jail at a police station on Tuesday (May 3) while his infant daughter was left in a hot car for hours and later died.
Twenty-year-old David Japez McCorry Whatley was taken into custody this week after showing up at a police station around 2 p.m. to retrieve confiscated guns in a previous case, 11 Alive News reported. Officers rearrested Whatley in an unrelated "minor" probation violation incident from a hit-and-run crash with no insurance.
Snellville Police said Whatley never told them about his eight-month-old daughter, Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo, who was in the car at the police station while he was being taken to jail. The 40-minute video obtained by the outlet shows that Whatley answered their questions confirming his information and was silent for the 25-minute car ride to the jail.
Seven hours after Whatley's arrest, the child's grandmother brought the infant to a local emergency room where hospital staff pronounced her dead.
According to local meteorologists, temperatures reached 86 degrees in the area that day. Nova Grace had been in the car at the police station the entire time.
Whatley was bonded out of jail on Tuesday (May 3) and was rearrested Wednesday (May 4) and is now being charged with second-degree murder in his child's death.
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