BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It is likely the father of the 8-month-old girl who died after being left inside of a hot car Wednesday will not be prosecuted, according to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore.
Moore said this is a tragic situation and a horrible accident, but not necessarily criminal. However, his office is still going to review final reports before making a final decision.
Marvin Mercer. 31. was arrested and charged with negligent homicide in the death of his daughter 8-month-old Raylee Mercer.
Baton Rouge Police said Raylee Mercer was left in the car by her father for two hours while he was coaching at Madison Prep.
He told police he was supposed to drop her off at daycare on his way to work, but forgot and went straight to work. According to the probable cause report, he realized he left his daughter in vehicle when he returned to go to lunch.
Police said Mercer then took the unresponsive child to the hospital, where medical staff attempted to save the girl, but they were unable to help Raylee, who died soon after arriving.
According the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office, Raylee died from hyperthermia and her death was ruled accidental.
The funeral arrangements for Raylee are still pending.