Melissa man placed child in refrigerator after hot car, affidavit says

Michael Thedford
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A 33-year-old Melissa man arrested in the death of his 6-month-old daughter, who was left in a car Tuesday morning, placed the child in a refrigerator after he took her out of the car, WFAA reported, citing an arrest warrant affidavit.

Michael Thedford faces a manslaughter charge, according to a news release from the Collin County Sheriff’s Department.

Collin County sheriff’s deputies who responded to a 911 call about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday from the 1400 block of Milrany Lane found the infant unresponsive, according to the news release.

According to the affidavit, Thedford told investigators that he took his two other children, 3 and 5, to daycare about 9 a.m. Tuesday. He said the baby, Fern, couldn’t go because she was running a fever.

When he returned home, Thedford said, he forgot the baby was in the car and went in to take a nap, WFAA reported.

The warrant states that when he woke up about 1 p.m., roughly four hours later, he said, he realized the baby was in the car and ran outside. He found her unresponsive and took her inside.

Thedford told police he placed his daughter in the refrigerator “for an undetermined length of time prior to calling 911.”

The affidavit said Thedford called his wife and 911 while trying to perform CPR on the child. When deputies arrived, they found the baby dead in the kitchen, WFAA reported.

Thedford told deputies he’s an unemployed high school teacher. He said his wife of 12 years is a veterinarian in Plano, and she was at work.