N. Carolina toddler left in daycare van during record heat

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A daycare worker in North Carolina has been fired after a mother told police that her toddler daughter was left in a preschool daycare van for several hours during record-breaking temperatures.

Multiple media outlets report a 2-year-old girl spent about six hours alone in a van Tuesday, when temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees outside. The van belonged to a preschool called Operation New Life Child Development Center in Chapel Hill, about 11 miles southwest of Durham.

The girl’s mother, Kimberly Cates, reported the incident to police later that evening.

Cates told WNCN-TV (http://bit.ly/1IRxeaH ) that the girl is in good condition but was dehydrated after the incident.

In a statement Wednesday, the preschool’s attorney Matthew Suczynski said that the employee responsible for the incident was fired.

Chapel Hill Police say they are investigating.

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