The toddler was left in the vehicle outside a daycare for five hours, deputies said.
- The toddler left alone in a auto at a shopping center on Lumsden Road in Brandon Tuesday has died, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Fire rescue crews arrived and took the boy to a hospital where he died.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Jacob's half-sister Fiorella Vanessa Silva-Tello had the child with her when she drove to work at the BFF Kidz Child Care Center, 733 W. Lumsden Road.
Police say the half sister was "upset" and "distraught" after finding Jacob.
"What we understand is that about 9 o'clock this morning, a relative parked here in the parking lot and in the interim, left a two-year-old boy inside the vehicle, locked, without the engine running, and without the air conditioning", Larry McKinnon, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said. She took him to a nearby dialysis center, in hopes they could give medical aide. The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office will also review the case before charges, if any, are filed. Authorities were speaking to the 21-year-old woman as well as other witnesses.
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"We are keeping Jacobs's family in our prayers".
Best Friends for Kidz said it is collecting cards and donations for Jacob's family to help with the funeral expenses as well as to "help keep his family going while they try to piece their lives back together".
He further noted investigators were trying to determine whether Manchego was enrolled at the day care or why he was in the vehicle in the first place. The Sheriff's Office has not released the names of the boy's parents. The sheriff's office said investigators will be reviewing prior history related to the child and any previous calls for service at the family's home.
Meteorologists with ABC's local affiliate WFTS said the temperature pushed 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Brandon on Tuesday.
This is the second child in Florida to die in a hot auto in 2017.