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3-year-old boy dies after being left in van outside Dallas day care

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Benjamin Price, 3, is shown in a family photo.

Updated at 11:45 p.m. ET: Dallas Fire-Rescue and Dallas Police are investigating the death of a child left in a van outside a day care in Dallas.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said it received the call to just before 5:15 p.m. Friday.

Dallas police say the call came from Little T's Tiny Tot Daycare in the 2200 block of South Buckner Boulevard which is near Cordell Drive.


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The child was given CPR as he was transported to Baylor Hospital, Dallas police said, but doctors there pronounced him dead.

Family members have gathered at the hospital and identified the child as 3-year-old Benjamin Price. A grieving family member originally told NBC 5 Price was 4.

Dallas police Lt. Scott Walton said the little boy was left in the van outside the day care after a field trip. The high at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was 105 degrees Friday.

Family members tell NBC 5 the day care didn't realize Price was still asleep in the van until his grandmother came to pick him up.

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"There was no place you wouldn't know he was there. He made his presence known wherever he was. So for them to not know Benjamin was there – I just don't see how," said Benjamin’s God Mother Kawanea Hines.

Family member Kisha Allen said she wants answers from the day care where Price had been going for more than a year.

"You know, a kid lost his life because of stupidity. This isn't even a matter of negligence. It's stupidity," said Allen. "It could have been as simple as counting the children as they left the room and counting the children when they got off the bus. Something as simple as counting. You were taught that in kindergarten."

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One of Benjamin's grandmothers said she knows the woman who owns the day care and although she has burning questions, she is choosing to forgive the employees.

"Well I can't hold her responsible because God has got this thing in control. It's God’s will, God's will," said Louria Washington. "The time that he gave us, the three years he gave us Benjamin, we just appreciate and thank God just for the three years."

When NBC 5 called the day care, the person who answered said "no comment" and hung up.

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