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Elementary School 'Teacher Of The Year' Left Nephew In Hot Car In School's Lot To Die: Report

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Source: MEGA; Hidalgo County Jail

Sep. 17 2022, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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A teacher in Texas is behind bars after a child died in her hot car in a school’s parking lot, according to a report.

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Diana Trevino-Montelongo, 37, was charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection to the case out of La Joya, Texas, according to KSAT.

Trevino-Montelongo taught at Dr. Americo Paredes Elementary school and her 5-year-old nephew attended the school, according to the report.

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The boy was found unresponsive inside a car at the school’s parking lot around 4 p.m. on Aug. 25, according to KSAT. He was taken to the nurse’s office, where CPR was performed. But the child was pronounced dead.

Temperatures hit 101 degrees the day the boy died, according to the Monitor. She died from heat asphyxiation.

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Trevino-Montelongo was put on administrative leave after the boy’s death, according to the Monitor. She was named “teacher of the year” at the school last semester.

After her arrest, Trevino-Montelongo was booked into jail and released after posting $50,000 bond.

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