NEW ORLEANS, June 1 (UPI) -- A New Orleans woman who allegedly left her 3-year-old godson locked in a hot car for hours has been charged with negligent homicide, officials say.
Genee Brumfield, 23, was arrested late Tuesday, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.
Investigators said Brumfield was caring for Winston White Hayes, the son of her best friend. She was supposed to drop him off at day care Tuesday but decided to stop at her mother's house and apparently then forgot about the boy, who had been left inside her locked car, officials said.
Brumfield's sister found the boy at about 4 p.m.
Rita Victorian, who knows both Brumfield and the mother, said the last time she saw Winston he was "smiling and playful."
"What hurts so bad is that I came here this morning at 10 and I parked by that tree," she told the Times-Picayune after learning of his death. "I saw her car, but I didn't think to look in it."