Joseph Chatmon

Joseph Chatmon was 21 months old when he was left in a parked van all day while his mother worked. She worked at Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School in Forsyth, Georgia. She started work early in the morning and left in afternoon. It is not thought it was intentional but serves a reminder.

No picture of little Joseph could be found.


Officials: 21 Month Old Child Dead, Was Left Inside Parked Van

Posted: 4:22 pm EDT April 26, 2010Updated: 4:27 pm EDT April 26, 2010

MONROE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 21-month-old child.
A preliminary investigation indicates Joseph Chatmon was left inside a parked vehicle at Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School in Forsyth, officials said.
Investigators said the child, restrained in a child safety seat, was left inside the vehicle from the time his mother, 23-year-old India Chatmon, arrived at work Friday morning, until she left work late that afternoon.
Chatmon is an employee at the school.
Officials said as soon as Chatom discovered her son in the van, she immediately drove to the Monroe County Emergency Room with the child where he died.
The body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for an autopsy, officials said.
This incident is still under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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