Hot car death: Brevard mom left toddler in car during drug binge, police say

  • Source: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando
  • Published: 04/17/2019 05:54 AM

The mother of 1-year-old boy who died after she took him to a Melbourne fire station because the child was in distress has been arrested on manslaughter charges, according to authorities. Emily Hartman, 26, of Palm Bay, was arrested on charges of aggravated manslaughter by child neglect, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of marijuana. She's scheduled to make her first appearance before a judge Wednesday. Earlier this month, Hartman took her 14-month-old son to the fire house, and it was determined he was suffering from a heat-related illness, officials said. Details about what caused his illness have not been released. "I spoke to one of our guys and said, 'Hey, he’s having active seizures, we need to get him some medication on board,' and at that time one of the other medics was starting an IV in the kid's arm," Fire Department Chief Phil Leitz said.


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