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Police: Grandmother charged with child’s hot car death

August 30, 2018

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police say they charged a 64-year-old woman with the death of her grandson in a hot car after discovering inconsistencies in her story that she collapsed from a medical issue.

Greenville County Sheriff’s spokesman Ryan Flood said 18-month-old Joe Avery James Lockaby was left in the car at least four hours outside Janik Nix’s Greenville home May 31.

Nix’s mother told WHNS-TV shortly after her son’s death that Nix put the boy in the car, but collapsed from a medical problem when returning to the house to get her keys.

Flood said in an email to The Associated Press that investigators found inconsistences, but didn’t give details.

Janik Nix is charged with homicide by child abuse. She remains in jail, and it wasn’t clear if she had a lawyer.

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