Friday, May 17, 2013
A 1-year-old child who was left in a vehicle parked in the faculty lot of Frank Guzick Elementary School Friday afternoon died at Baylor Hospital.
Dallas Lt. Paul Stokes said a witness noticed the baby inside the locked vehicle at about 1 p.m. It was about 86 degrees outside.
After calling 911, the dispatcher had the witness break the window to get the child out. Stokes said the witness performed CPR until EMTs arrived to take the baby to Baylor Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The baby was identified as Victoria Marks. She had her first birthday on Thursday.
Stokes said the owner of the vehicle is a teacher at the school. The mother, identified as Vibha Marks, was arrested after being interviewed at Jack Evans Police Headquarters. She's charged with child abandonment and is being booked into the Lew Sterrett Justice Center.
A statement from the Dallas Independent School District said the teacher was placed on administrative leave pending a police investigation. The district sent home a letter to parents and said grief counselors are on hand for anyone who needs them.
"Obviously this is a very tragic situation," the district's statement reads. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the teacher and her family at this time, as well as the staff at Guzick Elementary."