Texas dad tried to save baby left in hot car by putting her in refrigerator

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COLLIN COUNTY, Texas — An arrest warrant reveals more information about a father arrested in the death of his 6-month-old daughter after allegedly leaving her in a hot car.

Michael Thedford told investigators that he took his 5-year-old and 3-year-old children to day care at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, WFAA reports.

When he went home, he forgot his 6-month-old daughter was in the car and went inside the house to take a nap.

The warrant states that when he woke up a few hours later, he said he discovered the baby was in the car and ran outside. He found her unresponsive and took her into the house.

Thedford told police he placed his daughter in the refrigerator “for an undetermined length of time prior to calling 911.”

The warrant goes on to say Thedford told officers he called his wife and 911 while trying to perform CPR on the child. When deputies arrived, they found the baby dead in the kitchen.

While being interviewed by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Thedford told deputies he’s an unemployed high school teacher. He said his wife of 12 years is a veterinarian and she was at work during the incident.

Thedford was arrested on a charge of manslaughter. He was released after posting a $20,000 bond. Temperatures in McKinney, Texas, reached 91 degrees by noon the day the child died.

Child Protective Services is investigating. The two older children are not currently in CPS custody.