Coroner: Hartsville toddler dies after being left in car


HARTSVILLE(WPDE/WACH)-- A co-worker of the Hartsville father charged in the death of his 13-month-old daughter, who was left in a car outside his workplace for several hours on Thursday, is speaking out about what happened.

Sophia meant the world to her father, David Richard Gray, said his co-worker, Margaret Powers-Floyd.

Hartsville Police have charged Gray, 30, with Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child.

Gray arrived at work at Carolina Printing in Hartsville for his 8:30 a.m. shift Thursday morning, according to Floyd. She said when he got off work at 5:30, he walked out to his car, and they heard him screaming.

When Floyd and others went to investigate, she said they found Gray giving Sophia mouth-to-mouth. Powers-Floyd said Gray was pleading with her to live and asking God to take his life instead of hers.

Police say Gray told them he forgot Sophia was inside the car.

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