No charges will be filed against South Carolina father whose 20-month-old twin boys died from heat exposure after he forgot to drop them off at daycare and left them in car all day

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  • The sheriff said the father of 20-month-old Bryson and Brayden McDaniel would not be charged with involvement in their deaths.
  • The father went to pick them up from Sunshine House Early Learning Academy in the Columbia suburb of Blythwood at 5.30 pm and found that they were not there.
  • She found her sons still strapped to their car seats where they had been for nine and a half hours
  • Twins die of heat exhaustion after inadvertently being left in car
  • Sheriff Leon Lott said the father was under extreme stress at work, which he believed was a contributing factor.

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Police say no charges will be filed against a South Carolina father whose twin boys died after he forgot to drop them off at daycare and left them in a car all day.

Bryson and Brayden McDaniel, 20, were found dead in their small family SUV outside the Sunshine House Early Learning Academy in the Columbia suburb of Blythwood on September 1 at 5.30 p.m.

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The father reportedly went to the daycare to pick up his children only to learn that they were not there. She found her sons still strapped to their car seats where they had been for nine and a half hours.

According to Richland County Coroner Nadia Rutherford, the twins died from exposure to heat as the car reached an internal temperature of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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But Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told a press conference that the local attorney’s office has decided not to bring charges against the unidentified father.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the local attorney’s office has decided not to bring charges against the unidentified father of 20-month-old Bryson and Brayden McDaniel, who died on September 1 after being in a car for nine and a half hours. .

Lott described the deaths as a “tragic accident” and admitted that the father’s interview with the police was the most “heartbreaking”.

Lott said of the father’s interview, ‘The pure feeling that came out was not something you could fake. ‘It didn’t happen intentionally, he didn’t intend to do it. God, he didn’t mean to do that.

‘It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. It is also the worst nightmare of a community because so many people care about these two youths.

He also pointed out that the father was under extreme work pressure, although he could not say exactly what, and he suspected that contributed to the twins’ deaths.

‘I can’t say any reason that contributed to this. Unfortunately, sometimes work gets dominated by personal stuff and what you should be focusing on. I think this is what happened.’

The father arrived at Sunshine House Daycare to pick up his children when he learned they were not there and found them in his car.  Boys die of heat exhaustion

The father arrived at Sunshine House Daycare to pick up his children when he learned they were not there and found them in his car. Boys die of heat exhaustion

After finding the boys on September 1, the sheriff's department closed its three-week investigation.  The sheriff referred to it as a 'tragic accident' and said the father 'didn't mean to do it'

After finding the boys on September 1, the sheriff’s department closed its three-week investigation. The sheriff referred to it as a ‘tragic accident’ and said the father ‘didn’t mean to do it’

The sheriff’s department said the father thought he had abandoned the children that morning. The twins were sitting in the rear-facing car seats.

The Richland County coroner’s office told a press conference on September 2 that a parent had put children in the back car seats of an SUV at around 7.30-8 a.m. before leaving for the day’s work.

The Office is now requesting parents with new vehicles that come equipped with a backseat reminder system to keep them running despite the annoying noise.

‘If you have a vehicle with a rear seat reminder, set it, turn it on. A lot of times we just turn off that little rising noise in new vehicles,’ Nadia said. ‘I know the Tahoe we drive has them and I always wondered what they were for, and it wasn’t until this case that I realized it was a reminder to look in the backseat

We urge every parent – with COVID-19 there is a lot of stress, the world is changing – look in the back seat, make sure you drop the child.’

Rutherford is also calling on all daycare and childcare staff to call the parents if the kids don’t come.

Newer models of cars now get dashboard reminders, along with a warning noise that goes out on the go when the rear door is opened.

The auto industry has committed to adding this feature to all cars and trucks by 2025. consumer Reports.

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