Police make arrest after child found dead in car

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ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. — Wednesday at approximately 3:27 p.m., police were dispatched to the 1100 block of S. Hayes Street for an unresponsive child. The Arlington County Fire Department transported the child to the Virginia Hospital Center where she was declared deceased.

The initial investigation revealed a two-year-old girl had reportedly been accidentally left in the back seat of a car by a caretaker.

Police have determined that a male acquaintance of the child’s mother was supposed to drop three children off at two locations on the morning of April 20. It appears he dropped off two older children, ages 10 and 15, and then returned to the home in Fairfax County, not realizing that the two-year-old remained in the back seat of the car.

Sometime later, the acquaintance got back in the car to pick up the children’s mother.

When he arrived at her location in the 1100 block of S. Hayes Street, he looked in the back seat area of the car and saw the child. When he discovered that she was unresponsive, he immediately called 911.

Upon review, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner could not determine where the death actually occurred. After consultation between Fairfax County Commonwealths Attorney’s Office and the Arlington County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, it was determined the prosecution would be handled by Arlington County.

Daiquan Fields, 32, of Annandale VA, has been arrested and charged with Felony Child Neglect and Involuntary Manslaughter.

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