WARNER ROBINS -- A 3-year-old boy left in a parked car outside of an unlicensed day care died of heat stroke, police said Monday.
Andrew Leighlan Calloway, of Warner Robins, was left in a parked car Sunday afternoon at 100 Georgetown Blvd. and pronounced dead after he was taken to Houston Medical Center, according to a Warner Robins police news release.
The toddler was in the vehicle with Shelia Henderson, 50, along with her sister, Johnnie Mae Grayer, 66, of Macon, and two other children, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police. Upon arriving at Henderson’s residence after going out to lunch, the occupants exited the vehicle, Pugh said. Henderson later realized Calloway was not inside her house and went outside to find him unconscious in the car, the release stated. Henderson called 911.
A police incident report stated the car was locked, and police were dispatched at 5:31 p.m. Calloway was in the car for one hour, Pugh said. The high Sunday reached 99 degrees in Warner Robins, according to accuweather.com.
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Calloway’s father, Andrew Calloway, 26, of Warner Robins, said Henderson operates Sister-n-Sister Family Home Day Care at the residence. Calloway said his son was at the day care center at the time of his death.
Sister-n-Sister Family Home Day Care is not licensed as a day care with the state, said Stacey Moore, public relations director for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which is the state’s licensing agency. The agency has launched an investigation, she said. Henderson does have a city business license, Pugh said.
Henderson could not be reached for comment Monday. A sign in the window of her residence read, “No smoking on child care premises,” and stated that it’s a misdemeanor to do so.
Calloway said he arrived at the day care after work about 6:30 p.m. to pick up his son and found the home roped off by yellow crime scene tape.
Police told him his son was left in a car, lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital, Calloway said. The boy never regained consciousness, his father said.
“There was no excuse for my son being left in a locked car,” Calloway said.
A red 1998 Chrysler Concorde belonging to Grayer was impounded by Warner Robins police for crime scene analysis, Pugh said. Grayer was could not be reached for comment.
District Attorney George Hartwig confirmed he met with investigators Monday afternoon but declined to elaborate on the facts of the case. He said investigators are looking at whether the death was accidental or whether there were any potential criminal ramifications. No charges had been filed Monday, Pugh said.
Calloway, who works on Robins Air Force Base during the week and has a part-time job at U-Haul, said his sister, Charlotte Calloway, 21, of Byron, was with him when he went to pick up his child. His sister also was picking up her child, who was in the care of the same center. Her child was fine, Calloway said.
Calloway said his son, affectionately known as “Little Man,” had turned 3 on July 1.
“He was full of energy, very smart and handsome,” Calloway said.
Funeral arrangements are pending, Calloway said. Watson-Hunt Funeral Home in Perry has charge of arrangements.
“I’m holding in there -- keeping God in my thoughts,” Calloway said of coping with his only child’s death.