Orange County

1-year-old found dead in car at home in Pine Hills

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 1-year-old boy was found dead in a car Friday afternoon in the Pine Hills neighborhood.

Deputies were called shortly before 3:45 p.m. to a home on Indian Hill Road near North Powers Drive and Silver Star Road after the child’s body was found.

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Deputies said a relative left Jace Leslie in a car seat for several hours while at work.

The caregiver was expected to drop the baby off to a day care on Indian Hill Road, but the caregiver did not drop off the child Friday.

Investigators said when the caregiver arrived at the day care at about 3:45 p.m. to pick up the baby, Jace was found unresponsive in the car.

Paramedics determined that Jace was dead.

Detectives said they are waiting on the medical examiner’s report to determine the official cause of death.

Several neighbors described the home as a day care, but the Florida Department of Children and Families' map of registered child care providers doesn’t show a license for the address.

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Deputies said there is no connection between the child’s death and the home on Indian Hill Road.

No arrests have been made yet, but the death remains under investigation.

Jason Kelly

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