There is one question Javie Tobin and others want answered.
"How could people leave their children in the car? It is something that you can't forget, she’s right there behind you. How did you leave her behind right there?" he asked.
Tobin and his family came home late Sunday afternoon to a street filled with police cars.
"There was a bunch of vans parked over here they put the yellow tape over there," he said.
Officers said Uriel Hernandez picked up his 2-year-old daughter from her mom's Sunday morning around 6. He took her to his mobile home off Orange Avenue, but went inside without her, police said.
"The father went inside to get his phone charger, and mistakenly fell asleep leaving the child in the car," said Detective Tom Shanafelt with the Sarasota Police Department.
Police said it took five hours for Hernandez to realize his mistake. By then, it was too late.
The child, identified as Alejandra Hernandez, died at the hospital. Doctors said her body temperature was 106 degrees.
"She knows me. She waves at me," said Frank Travino.
Frank Travino was not home yesterday, but he lives next door to Hernandez and knew Alejandra.
"She tends to be a really healthy little girl. All the time, she was running in there. She would get out from the car and start running. They would go and catch her go put her in the house," he said.
His niece laid flowers in the driveway where they often waved to the little girl.
"A lot of things, you can't help it. Things are done in a minute," he said.
Hernandez is being held without bond. Officers are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine how the 2-year-old died.?
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