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WEST MEMPHIS, AR – A 5-year-old boy with development issues died after being left in a van for eight hours at a children’s health clinic.

At 6:40 a.m. Monday, a van from Ascent Children’s Health Services picked up 5-year-old Christopher Gardner Jr. from his family’s home.

Gardner, whose had two heart surgeries and suffers from development issues, has been going to the facility for the last four years.

According to the facility’s website, they provide “quality outpatient and day treatment services to children and their families that are in need of mental health or developmental care.”

After arriving at the facility at 7:15 a.m., two adults on the van signed Gardner and the other children into the Ascent facility.

So imagine everyone’s surprise when Gardner was found dead inside the van eight hours later, still sitting in his booster seat.

Temperatures hit 80 degrees that day, which means the temperature in the van to rise to at least 114 degrees after only 30 minutes of Gardner being in the van. Eventually, the temperature in the van would have hit at least 141 degrees.

The boy’s family, along with police, have a lot of questions for Ascent, including how a child can be left on a bus for eight hours after being signed into the building. The answer to that questions id pretty obvious, especially to Gardner’s great grandmother.

“They didn’t get off their, excuse my language, off their ass and look,” said Carrie Smith. “You can see that my great grandbaby suffered in that van.”

The Department of Human Services is also investing and say the facility has only had three minor citations in the last four years, and none of them were transportation related.

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  • So sad. May he RIP. ????????

  • 1DireWolf

    Damn them. Too many people are only there for a paycheck and don’t care about the people they are supposed to be caring for.

  • Sue these lazy bastards until their organs are the only thing left to give.

  • Smfh

  • Taster’sChoice

    Oooooooooohhhhhhhhh! There fiddin’ to be a lawsuit!!!!!

  • Very sad and so unnecessary. Would not happen with #Be_Smart_Kid_in_Bus_Alerts


    I honestly do not believe this will ever stop happening. Every year now, at the start of summer, these reports come in like clockwork. Some of us are an absolutely hopeless lot.

  • I would be infuriated if that were my son. They need to be shut down. No excuse.

  • BG

    Sweet little moppet… The two adults should be brought up on manslaughter and child endangerment charges, ASAP!

  • curiousalways

    They are now saying up to four people will be charged. They have admitted not checking the van-well duh. Thanks for that info.

  • They were complacent and just signed all the forms thinking the “other” employee did their job.
    All the people that signed that form should be charged with manslaughter and child endangerment

  • Sejanus

    ‘Quality outpatient and day treatment services’…
    they may want to update that.

  • taffy550


  • jansav

    Poor little guy. RIP Christopher, sad ending to a hard life.

  • Sara

    Every year, an average of 38 kids die in hot cars. This little boy is the 12th to die this year. I think what pisses me off the most about this one is that this wasn’t the result of an exhausted mom or dad who had their daily routine shaken up. Although horrible and 100% preventable, I can empathize with that situation. I’m always checking the back seat, even when I know I don’t have a baby in the car. I made it part of my routine when my son was a baby because my mind was so foggy all the time. I can absolutely understand how an otherwise responsible parent could have a (massive) brain fart and forget about the child.

    These lazy idiots, on the other hand, can’t blame this on a brain fart. They falsified information when they signed him in. If they didn’t see him right there while signing him in, then they shouldn’t have signed him in! Systems like that exist to keep shit like this from happening and they fucked it up. Furthermore, no one at that center, that he’s been going to for four years, missed him. For 8 hours! Just how negligent are these people? There’s no excuse they could give that would be good enough.

  • Ann Roh

    I was so worried this would happened to me, so I came up with a poor person’s version of an alarm. Every time I got in the car with my child, I would take my shoes off and place them on the back seat next to the car seat. The mind can overlook things (especially when exhausted), but I don’t know anyone that can forget their shoes. It worked as my kids are half grown.

  • Leslie Mashmann

    Isn’t great to know that people do the jobs they are hired for today. Everything is about paycheck! Those two adults who “signed” the little boy into the school should be charged with negligent homocide. And what about the school itself – didn’t anyone notice or wonder why he was absent? The poor poor child. That can’t be an easy way to die. Prayers for the family – May God keep.

  • Big Stan

    Homocide? Was the kid gay?

  • Big Stan

    a little crazy but cant argue with how effective that method would be.

  • Inferus

    Definition of irony…

  • Inferus

    You want their black hearts? You’ll likely find no brains as well.

  • Diva of Destruction

    Big time.

  • Diva of Destruction

    Poor thing.

  • patrickdh10

    Stupid damn assholes!!! To leave a baby like that is unconscionable. I hope these two “Adults” are given 10-20 years in jail, which may give them enough time to contemplate what being an adult means and what they did to an innocent child who depended on them for care and safety.

  • Leslie Mashmann

    God no! My typing is prone to error – this was an interesting one ! I mean that they killed the child and should be hanged from the rafters !

  • Big Stan

    Yeah I agree I was just kidding lol

  • TheKimReaper

    I absolutely love you King 4. I have skimmed this site for a few years now and rarely comment, but you and your pics always make my day. I hope there is a heaven and I hope this little angel goes there. I really really hope.

  • Ann Roh

    It’s more crazy that I’m so used to the habit that I find it difficult to drive with my shoes while shuttling a ten and 12 year old to school and home again. So, crazy is pretty accurate! LOL

  • Jessie

    This is so sad. Ridiculous!

  • CheckeredPresent

    they need to vet people that work with kids, disabled , etc. Maybe see if they are smart enough to have that kind of responsibility although I wouldn’t think one would have to be a mensa member not to leave a kid in a hot car. Usually the spec ed buses are small, I don’t even see how they could have missed him when they took the other kids out. I can just hear it now “it’s such a hassle to get him out though, we’re only taking a short bathroom break, let’s just leave him for now” “derp derp.. yeah ok” then both having the attention span of a goldfish instantly ‘forget’, or one does remember but neither one wants to be the one who remembered thinking it will come back on them so they don’t say anything and instead let the kid die rather than say “hey, we never got bobby outta the car!” Airheaded aholes.

  • I just don’t fucking get it. Never have, never will. My princess rides in the back with me wherever I go when I’m off work. I know this story is different, but a life is a life. I could never fucking imagine leaving a person in the backseat while I fucked off or went to work. I just do not see how it happens. Are people that fucking stupid? Ignorance can’t be a possibility, but stupidity is a definite option. duuuuuhhhhhhh……..