Child Left in Vehicle Succumbs to Heat

DAYTON, Septemberr 16, 2016 – On Thursday, September 15, 2016 the Dayton Police Department received a call for service at approx. 6pm for an unresponsive child inside a vehicle. 

The vehicle was located in the parking lot of Kreative Kids Learning Center located in the 200 blk of Seekamp St inside the City of Dayton.  When officers arrived they found a one year old male child, in the rear seat of the vehicle still in his child safety seat (rear facing). 

Offices checked for vital signs of the child and it was determined with no vital sings and by visual inspection it was obvious the child had passed away. 

During the preliminary investigation it was discovered by the police department the child’s mother, identified as Jodie Kennemer, of Dayton thought she dropped her child at daycare before she went to work.  Kennemer went on to Pasadena where she works and is employed by Pasadena ISD as a General Counsel (Attorney). 

At the end of her work day she went to Kreative Kids Learning Center to pick up her child, where she discovered she never dropped off the child.  The Dayton Police Department believes the child did succumb to the heat being during the day while inside the vehicle. 

Justice of the Peace Larry Wilburn was requested to come to the scene to conduct an inquest, Judge Wilburn pronounced the child dead, and an autopsy was ordered.  

The Dayton Police Department is conducting a full investigation and has received full cooperation from the family, Kreative Kids Learning Center and Pasadena ISD Police Department.

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