Daycare celebrates would-be first birthday for infant found dead in a hot car

Daycare center honors 11-month-old found dead in a car.
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 3:31 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 11:32 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A local daycare is celebrating the life of the 11-month-old who was found dead after being left in a hot car.

Karohn Jean-Baptiste attended Purposeful Beginnings Learning Center in Tallahassee and he would have turned one on Thursday.

Owner and director, Latonya Loggins-Thompson, said the center normally has birthday parties for every child, and Jean-Baptiste was no different. “Even in his absence, he is still present with us,” said Loggins-Thompson. “We are grateful for the time we had with him and we want to celebrate that.”

The tribute included a 150-count balloon release in honor of Jean-Baptiste. The center also celebrated with food, treats, and a presentation to the parents. “All of our babies are special, and all of them have a special purpose,” said Loggins-Thompson.

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