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Father, 20, is charged with murder after his 8-month-old daughter died when he left her in a car on 86-degree day while he went into a Georgia police station and was detained for seven hours

  • Davied Japez McCorry Whatley entered Snellville Police Department on Tuesday
  • Officers found there was a warrant out for 20-year-old’s arrest and detained him
  • However, he had left his baby daughter Nova in his car parked across the road
  • He was held for seven hours. In that time, 8-month-old Nova died in the car
  • Whatley has now been charged with second degree murder, while he and his family maintain that he told officers his daughter was in the car and did nothing 

A father has been charged with the murder of his 8-month-old daughter who died when she was left in a hot car in Georgia on Tuesday.

Davied Whatley, 20, went into Snellville Police Department to retrieve a gun that was being held in the property department there – while his baby daughter Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo was still in his car in 86-degree temperatures.

Before releasing the weapon, police did a background check. This is standard practice to ensure a gun isn’t being released to someone with a felony conviction. 

Officers discovered that there was a warrant for Whatley’s arrest for a probation violation and took him into custody, detaining him for seven hours.

During that time, baby Nova died on her own in the car.

On Wednesday, Whatley was charged with second-degree murder over her death, but is now claiming that he told officers his daughter was in the car.

Snellville police officers are denying this, saying that during his seven hours in custody he never once mentioned he had left Nova on her own.

Davied Japez McCorry Whatley

Eight-year-old Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo

Davied Japez McCorry Whatley (left), 20, went into Snellville Police Department to retrieve a gun that was being held in the property department there – while his baby daughter Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo (right) was still in his car in 86-degree temperatures

During the seven hours Whatley was detained by police, his 8-month-old daughter was alone in his car in Snellville City Hall parking lot across the road from the police station (pictured)

During the seven hours Whatley was detained by police, his 8-month-old daughter was alone in his car in Snellville City Hall parking lot across the road from the police station (pictured)

The police say that body camera video – some of which has been released by the department – proves that he never said anything about her being in the car. 

What has been released to the public so far appears to back up the police’s account.

Snellville police Detective Jeff Manley said during a press conference on Wednesday that Whatley entered the Snellville Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday to retrieve a gun, having parked across the road in the Snellville City Hall parking lot.

Upon discovering there was a warrant out for Whatley’s arrest, he was taken into custody by the attending officers.

From the time Whatley arrived at the police department until he was turned over to the Gwinnett County jail – more than 40 minutes – he was recorded on police body camera and dashcam video, Manley said. 

‘He made no statements as to the fact that his daughter was left in the car two buildings away from the Snellville Police Department,’ Manley said. 

Snellville police Detective Jeff Manley said during a press conference on Wednesday that Whatley entered the Snellville Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday to retrieve a gun, having parked across the road in the Snellville City Hall parking lot

Snellville police Detective Jeff Manley said during a press conference on Wednesday that Whatley entered the Snellville Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday to retrieve a gun, having parked across the road in the Snellville City Hall parking lot

Roughly seven hours later, the baby’s grandmother Leticia Padilla arrived at the emergency room with the child, who was determined to be dead. 

Officers then determined that the baby, Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo, had been left in the car outside City Hall and that her grandmother retrieved her from the car.

‘This situation didn’t have to happen,’ Padilla said speaking to WSB-TB, claiming the police didn’t listen to her son. ‘All they had to do was listen. They thought he was lying. He told them. He loved his daughter.’

‘They can say whatever they want to. They have to cover their tracks,’ Padilla said. 

Whatley, who lives in Grayson, had bonded out of jail on the probation violation charge Tuesday evening, Manley said.

But he was arrested again Wednesday morning and charged with second-degree murder, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Lisa Vorrasi told reporters.

A second-degree murder charge in Georgia means that someone has caused a death while committing second-degree cruelty to children, regardless of intent.

It carries a penalty of 10 to 30 years in prison.

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Source: Daily Mail

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