Meeker toddler, 2, dies after being left all day in van
A Meeker child died after being left all day in a van.
BY ANN KELLEY Oklahoman Published: May 26, 2010

MEEKER A toddler died today after being left all day in a van, officials said.

Lincoln County Assistant District Attorney Clayton Niemeyer said the discovery was made this afternoon when a mother arrived at Tender Care Too day care in Meeker to pick up her children.

The woman, 21, was supposed to have dropped off her roommate's 2-year-old child at the daycare with her two children this morning, he said.

It appears she forgot the toddler was in the back seat and went on to her job in Shawnee at a daycare center there, Niemeyer said. The woman also drove to lunch with the child in the back seat, apparently unaware the toddler was still there, he said.

The name of the toddler has not been released.

Temperatures reached 86 degrees today in the Shawnee area.

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