A baby has died after being driven around in the back of a car that had no air conditioning for four hours by a drunk teenage baby-sitter. Teonna George-Brown died on Monday in Mesa, Arizona, after developing an apparent heat-related condition. Shawn Dale, 19, who was caring for her at the time, has been arrested. It was reported on AZ Central that Dale, said to be a cousin, told police he was not familiar with the area and was driving in the car that did not have AC for four hours, trying to find the child’s father. According to Mesa police spokesman Sgt. Tony Landato, Dale pulled in at a Circle K supermarket on East University Drive to try and get help for the child who was ‘unresponsive with an elevated body temperature’. The infant was taken to a hospital, but was later pronounced dead. Dale who is a family friend that was baby-sitting Teonna while her parents were working, was arrested by police on suspicion of aggravated driving under the influence with a passenger less than 15 years old. Sgt Landato said at some point, Dale said he noticed that the child was ill and sought help inside the store. Police are awaiting the results of Teonna’s autopsy and the baby girl’s death remains under investigation. There had been a Heat Advisory warning that day.
Mesa Police said Dale told them it was the first time he babysat for Teonna’s young parents. The death follows an incidents at the weekend in which baby died after she was left in a car where temperatures reached 119F. Investigators are still looking into whether 4-month-old Teonna was left in the car unattended at some point. They say they are waiting for the autopsy report to come back before moving forward with other possible charges.