MEMPHIS - A 2-year-old girl was found dead Wednesday afternoon inside a Memphis day care van, left strapped in her car seat for about eight hours on a 90-degree day.
Amber Cox-Cody was apparently forgotten by workers at the Children's Rainbow Learning Center. She was discovered at about 3:30 p.m. by a driver who was preparing for an afternoon run.
Late Wednesday, state officials requested that the center close voluntarily - or automatically have its license suspended - while they investigate.
"It appears she was left in the van all day," police Maj. Glenn Williams told The Commercial Appeal of Memphis. "It's hard to believe ... you'd think they'd be more careful."
Deaths of young children aboard such vans in Memphis in recent years have led to statewide investigations into regulation of state-subsidized day care centers.
Among reforms resulting from those probes were regulations to prevent children from being left on vans.