Infants found dead in car at South Carolina daycare may have been there for 9.5 hours; daycare not involved

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RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW/WLTX) — Twin infants were found dead in a car outside of a South Carolina daycare Tuesday, according to WLTX in Columbia.

WLTX reports the infants were found in a car at about 5:30 p.m. outside of Sunshine House Early Learning Academy and both were pronounced dead on scene. The infants were identified as Bryson and Brayden McDaniel. They were 20 months old.

Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford said based on evidence at this time, they believe the daycare had nothing to do with the deaths. She also said the children appeared to be well taken care of.

The children were discovered by one of the parents. A window in the vehicle was broken, but the children were already dead at the time, according to Rutherford. The children may have been in the car for up to 9.5 hours.

Rutherford said a cause of death has not yet been determined. No criminal charges have been filed and deputies are working to learn if the act was criminal or accidental. She said both parents are distraught.

Officials will be holding a press conference at noon to give an update on the case. News13 will stream the press conference live in the player above.

No other information was immediately available.

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