- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) - A 16-month-old north Florida girl died after her father forgot to drop her off at day care and left her in the car, state investigators said Wednesday.

Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call Tuesday afternoon and found the child was unresponsive.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified the child’s mother as Wendy Kwon, an assistant state attorney, and her father as Young Kwon, an assistant public defender.

Both are employees of Florida’s Third Judicial Circuit, which covers a number of counties in the northern part of the state.

The father discovered the child when he returned home from work in the afternoon and realized he’d forgotten to drop her at day care that morning, officials said.

“Young and Wendy are both wonderful parents, absolutely wonderful, and my heart goes out to both of them,” Public Defender Blair Payne told the Florida Times-Union newspaper. Payne refused comment to The Associated Press.

State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister did not return a message seeking comment.

The FDLE did not know which state attorney’s office would handle the prosecution, should criminal charges be filed.

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