Family identifies 5-year-old found dead in daycare van

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — The family of a 5-year-old boy who died inside a van outside a West Memphis daycare has identified the child.

5-year-old Christopher Gardner, Jr. was left inside the hot van outside Ascent Child Services in West Memphis for more than eight hours.

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After the traumatic experience, FOX13 spoke with one mother wanting to move her kid somewhere else.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, was shocked when she learned a 5-year-old boy died at Ascent Child Services, the same place she sends her son several times a week.

“My son is not going back. He’s not,” said the parent.

West Memphis police said that the child was picked up at 7 a.m. Monday, but he never made it out of the van.

“We have to sign our children on to the bus. Sign them off of the bus. They don’t know that a child’s not there. They have to know,” said the parent.  “Any children to go through this is just heartbreaking.”

Parents FOX13 spoke with said they have dealt with minor issues at the daycare, but nothing of this magnitude.

We reached out to Ascent for comment, but we did not get a response.

West Memphis police said no charges have been filed but that’s likely to change.

We're to the van that A five-year-old boy was left in yesterday and died had a security alarm system to prevent a tragedy like that from happening.

That's according to the Arkansas department of human services.

We’re digging into why safety measures available to avoid this tragedy seemingly failed, on FOX13 News at 6.