Can You Imagine Dying Alone In A Hot Car

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Michael Thedford, 33

Father arrested in death of child left in car
in Collin County

MELISSA, TX  –  Authorities have arrested a father after his 6-month-old daughter was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon outside their Melissa home.

According to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were alerted at about 1:30 p.m. that an infant was left alone in a vehicle in the 1400 block of Milrany Lane in Melissa.

Authorities released few details but confirmed the child died and that her father, 33-year-old Michael Thedford, was arrested.

Thedford was charged with manslaughter and is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Fabiola Contreras lives across the street from the home.  She said she immediately noticed all the commotion as first responders arrived at the scene.

“I saw the ambulance come first,” Contreras said. “I just saw them rush into the house.”

Officials with the Collin County Sheriffs Department says the child was unresponsive when deputies arrived at the scene.

Contreras says detectives spent some time with Thedford in the front part of the home and had him retrace his steps.

“Before we knew it, he was walking outside with handcuffs,” she said.

The cause of the child’s death is under investigation.  Deputies were told the child was left in the car but it hasn’t been revealed for how long.

According to, 16 children have died in hot car related deaths nationwide this yearThat’s more than double the number of 7 at the same time last year.

Tuesday’s death was the third this year in Texas, according to the organization.

Justice For Celina 5 Years Later

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Justice for Celina Cass 5 years later

Stepfather charged with killing N.H. girl in 2011

STEWARTSTOWN, NH  –  The stepfather of an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl found dead in a river in 2011 was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder charge in her killing.

Wendell Noyes, 52, of Stewartstown, was taken into custody in the slaying of Celina Cass, the attorney general said.  The girl was reported missing from her home July 26, 2011, and her body was recovered from the Connecticut River six days later.

Noyes, who is accused of killing Cass by submerging her body in the river, is set to be arraigned Tuesday.  Associate Attorney General Jane Young declined to comment on what led to the arrest, and a phone number listed for Noyes was disconnected.

In the days after Celina disappeared, Noyes described her as a quiet girl who would not have left the home on her own.  Several months later, after his truck, cellphone and computer had been seized by investigators, he told WMUR-TV, “I had nothing to do with it.  We left the door unlocked, and somebody else was in the apartment after we went upstairs.”

At the time of her disappearance, the girl lived with Noyes, her mother, her 13-year-old sister and the 22-year-old son of one of her mother’s former boyfriends.  Both men were later subpoenaed to testify at grand jury proceedings related to the case.  In February, a major crimes squad truck was seen parked outside Noyes’ trailer.

Court documents show Noyes has a history of psychiatric issues.  He was found unfit to stand trial in a 2003 case in which he was charged with breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home and threatening her.