Davied Whatley arrived at the Georgia train station to pick up his belongings while his daughter Nova slept in the back seat of his car, but he was arrested on a different matter – with tragic results
A young father has been charged with the murder of his young daughter after leaving her in a hot car as he entered a police station.
Police say the eight-month-old girl was left in the back of the car, but her family has a different interpretation of how the tragedy unfolded.
WBSTV reports that police in Snellville, Georgia took Davied Whatley, 20, into custody while his daughter Nova Whatley Trejo slept in the back seat of his car.
He arrived at the police station on Tuesday afternoon to collect various belongings, including a gun seized in a previous case.
While he was there, officers determined that Whatley had a warrant out for his probation violation (unrelated to the previous case) and arrested him.
Whatley’s family say he asked officers to check on his daughter in the car outside, which police denied in a news conference on Wednesday.
Detective Jeff Manley said, “He made no statements about his daughter being left in the car two buildings down by the Snellville Police Department.”
However, police also claim they assured Whatley someone would be picking Nova up and at 9.30pm he was finally allowed to call a friend.
He called Grandmother Leticia Padilla, who rushed to the parking lot and found her body, resulting in Whatley being charged with second-degree murder.
“She was in the parking lot right where he said it was,” she said WSBTV.
“This situation didn’t have to have happened… You just had to listen. They thought he was lying.”
“He told them he loved his daughter,” added Ms. Padilla.
Police say body camera video will prove Whatley never mentioned Nova.
Ms Padilla told the broadcaster she didn’t believe the police.
“They can say whatever they want. They have to cover their tracks.”
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