Child found dead after being left on daycare bus


WEST MEMPHIS, AR (NBC NEWS) – A five-year-old boy was found dead on a daycare bus Monday in Arkansas.

West Memphis Police Department said Christopher Gardner Jr. was found dead at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, WMC reported.

Police say the child was left in the van, in the hot sun for more than eight hours.

They say the boy was picked up from his home before 7am, but never left the bus. Police say he was in a booster seat, but it’s not clear why he did not or could not get out.

He was not found until 3:30pm.

The van belongs to Ascent Children’s Health Services.

An investigation is underway, but no arrests have been made. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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