A six-month-old baby girl roasted to death in her dad’s car, after he forgot the infant in the parking lot of an Oregon Intel campus, where he works as a computer engineer.
Jillian Freier died in October of last year in Hillsboro, Oregon, after her 38-year-old father Joshua Freier left her strapped in her car seat for six hours. The man had forgotten to take the baby to daycare, driving straight to work after a doctor’s appointment instead.
The names of the man and his dead baby daughter were only revealed on Tuesday for the first time, after a judge unsealed search warrants pertaining to the case.
1. This is Jillian Freier, pictured with her big brother shortly after she was born. She was six months old when she died after her father forgot her in a hot car in October.
Joshua Freier is still under investigation on several charges, including manslaughter and negligent homicide, but has not been arrested, according to The Oregonian.
According to the police, Freier drove to work after his baby daughter’s doctor’s appointment on October 16. He then went about his work as normal while the baby died a slow and painful death in his Nissan Leaf in the parking lot.
Freier had lunch with a co-worker, went to meetings and even took a call from his wife Kate, who told him she was on her way home.
It was only when Freier’s wife called a second time, around 5 pm, to say that baby Jillian was not at daycare that the father finally realized what he had done, according to the police.
2. Joshua Freier, pictured with his son, has not been charged in connection with his daughter’s death, though he is still being investigated for manslaughter and negligent homicide.
Freier told the police that, once he realized what he had done, he jumped out of his chair and ran straight to the parking lot. He did it so quickly that his shoelace tore a wheel off his desk chair, he said.
The 38-year-old was seen holding the wheel in his hand as he sprinted to his car in the parking lot.
When Freier reached his car, the baby’s lips were blue, foam was bubbling up from her mouth and she wasn’t breathing. Jillian was still strapped backwards into the backseat, as he had left her at 11 am.
At the time it was 70F. When the police conducted an experiment at the same spot, they found that temperatures inside the car reached 116F degrees by 2 pm, even though it was a slightly cooler day.
3. Jillian was left in the parking lot of Intel’s campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, for six hours while her father was at work inside.
Shortly after Freier found his daughter, his wife arrived at the scene with the couple’s son. Kate began performing CPR on the baby while he called the police.
Paramedics took Jillian to the hospital, but only for her to be declared dead.
Detectives described Freier as pale when police arrived. The distraught father told the police:
I don’t know what I’m going to say to my wife and son. I totally forgot she was in my car.
Later, a police sergeant drove Freier to the hospital, where he met his wife, before the medical examiner took their daughter’s body.
Source: The Oregonian.
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