Toddler was left in truck; father charged with manslaughter

CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY

christopher.tuffley@newssun.com

SEBRING -- Amelia King, who was just shy of her second birthday, died from heat stroke after being left in her father's truck for an extended period of time in Spring Lake on Friday.

Christopher Sneed King, 34, of 507 Ryan Road, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and child neglect resulting in great bodily harm. He is being held in the Highlands County Jail on no bond until his first appearance.

The high temperature on Friday was in the low 90s. It was around 2:15 when 911 operators received a call about CPR being in progress on Amelia. Paramedics responded, but were unable to save her.

A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon after press time at the Highlands County courthouse to determine who should take over custody of Amelia's 4-year old brother. Both children lived with their father following a divorce.