Two little toddlers were sadly killed after being locked in the backseat of their father’s automobile for more than nine hours.
On September 1, 2021, two young boys called Brycen and Brayden McDaniel were supposed to be dropped off at daycare. However, before leaving for work, their father neglected to drop them off and left them in the backseat.
At the time of the occurrence, the father was said to be under a lot of stress at work. He was so preoccupied that he mistookly dropped off the 20-month-old twins at their Blythewood, South Carolina, daycare.
Unfortunately, with the twins still inside the car, the father went to work at a nearby manufacturing factory and went about his business as normal.
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According to ABC News, after his work ended, the father went to the Sunshine House Early Learning Academy to pick up his children. When he inquired about the twins, the daycare workers informed him that Brycen and Brayden had not been dropped there that day.
The father immediately dashed out to his car, where he discovered his twins dead, still strapped in their car seats in the late afternoon light. On the scorching hot day, the twins were left alone for almost nine hours; they died of hyperthermia or heat stroke after temperatures in the SUV reached 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
Leon Lott, the Richland County Sheriff, said he later spoke with the twins’ father and had the most sad interview he’d ever had in his 46 years on the force.
“He had no intention of doing it. He didn’t mean to do it, thank God. He’ll have to deal with that for the rest of his life “At a press conference, Lott stated.
Lott said, “How was the father preoccupied that day?” “At work, the father was under a great deal of stress, and his mind was elsewhere that day. He had convinced himself that he had dropped the two boys off at daycare.”
According to PEOPLE, Lott stated that the interview with the father was “one of the [most] heart-wrenching interviews you ever had to see.” “It was impossible to imitate the honest emotion that poured out.”
Following the tragic and preventable deaths of Brycen and Brayden, coroner Naida Rutherford emphasized the need of preventing such incidents. Leaving a diaper bag or teddy animal in the front seat is one way to remind parents that their children are still in the backseat.
“We urge each parent to check in the backseat because there are so many stressors with Covid 19, with the world-changing,” Rutherford said, according to WMBF. “Ensure that the youngsters have been dropped off. If a child does not arrive at a child care facility or a baby center, we strongly advise you to contact the family. It has the potential to save a life.”
In the instance of twins Brycen and Brayden, no charges were brought against their father.
The Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home published an obituary for both Brycen and Brayden. The note paid tribute to the twins’ memory, saying: “They were happy-go-lucky little boys with big smiles that could light up a room. They had a great time laughing, kissing, singing, listening to their Daddy and PaPa play jazzy tunes on the saxophone, and dancing to Earth, Wind, and Fire and Frankie Beverly and Maze music. They were, indeed, smart above their years.”
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home/Obituary is the source of the cover image.