A 24-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for leaving a 5-month-old girl in a hot vehicle, which led to her death on May 20.
The child, Kyrae Vineyard, died when she was left by Haven Hackworth in a parked vehicle at a car dealership in the 4000 block of Cleveland Boulevard, just west of Lake Avenue in Caldwell. Caldwell police reported that Hackworth was in a relationship with Kyrae’s mother at the time of the child’s death.
He was arrested on a warrant Tuesday in Marsing.
It is unclear how long the child was left unattended in the car with the windows rolled up.
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When officers arrived on scene, the child was unresponsive. Temperatures that day reached about 74 degrees.
Hackworth was on probation at the time of the child’s death for a prior grand theft conviction.
If convicted, involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Caldwell police offered condolences Wednesday and cited kidsandcars.org, which notes that in 2017 thus far, 30 children in the U.S. have died in vehicles due to heat stroke.