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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.

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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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