The daycare worker who allegedly left an 13-month old infant inside a hot car now faces criminal charges.
It happened on Friday, September 2, kicking off the long Labor Day weekend. Temperatures hit the 90s by 1:30 in the afternoon, when the body of little Aolani McCray was discovered alone, inside an SUV, parked on Russell Avenue.
She'd been inside for four hours, during the hottest time of day, and died from the heat according to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.
42-year old Lisa Scott of Hayden Avenue, the daycare worker charged with McCray's care, is now charged with Reckless Homicide and Felony Child Endangering.
Police say Scott had five children in the SUV but didn't retrieve all when parking at a Russell Avenue daycare. Scott turned herself in to police accompanied by her lawyer; she's been booked in the Summit County Jail.
Prior coverage: Akron Baby Dies In Hot Car
Updated 4:26 with letter from Chief Nice
Akron Chief James Nice says he didn't intend to break any jurisdiction rules after an attempted break-in at his New Franklin home.
In a letter to Law Director Cheri Cunningham, Chief Nice reports the incident and notes, when calling and talking with Akron dispatch, the supervisor on duty asked if he wanted "someone to watch the house the next night in an attempt to catch someone coming back, and I said sure."
Nice wrote he feared the attack was from someone wanting to kill him, citing undercover work he had done in Akron, believing it was tied to his work as an FBI agent and most likely tied to retaliation by gang members. He writes the attack included a sledge hammer coming through the bedroom window.
Mayor Don Plusquellic responded to the controversy at a news conference this morning. He says the main question to be answered is whether Chief Nice was justified in asking for Akron police officers to help investigate the incident.
Plusquellic says he doesn't believe Nice intentionally did anything wrong, but admitted he should have also called the Summit County Sheriff to investigate. Plusquellic called the news conference this morning to respond to criticism from mayoral opponent Mike Williams on job creation. Williams questions the Mayor's efforts in protecting local jobs. Plusquellic provided a lengthy handout defending his record.
New Franklin P.D. this afternoon released the audio from the call Chief Nice placed when first reporting the attempted break-in. Editor's note: AkronNewsNow.com has edited the audio to remove references to Nice's phone number and home address.
In the audio, Chief Nice sounds calm and composed and complies with requests from the dispatcher to only walk to the front door once responded officers have been alerted. Chief Nice responds to a question from the dispatcher on whether he is armed, noting he is armed.
Previous coverage 10:54 a.m.
New Franklin police confirm Akron police chief James Nice called in his own detectives and crime scene investigators to his home after the early-morning crime last weekend. After two officers brought overnight security, Nice said he learned he should have contacted another agency to deal with the investigation.
New Franklin PD Lt. Ed Klein discusses the case
Law Director Cheri Cunningham tells WAKR's Ray Horner Morning Show the city is reviewing the situation and that they have yet to determine the cost associated with the work at the chief's home.
Nice says that he woke up to the sounds of someone striking his first-floor windows. He immediately grabbed his gun and called 911. New Franklin Police responded to the call where they found two windows broken and one damaged. Police did not find the suspect.
After police briefly looked outside of his home, Nice says he then called the department's detective bureau.
Nice told the Beacon Journal he chose to have the department come to his home because he thought someone was trying to kill him. He believes this was not a random crime and may be related to his prior work with the FBI.
After an investigation into missing funds from the Akron Police Department Explorers Post, nine year veteran Erik Keenan pleaded guilty to felony theft on Friday.
He has been sentenced to a nine month suspended jail term and is ordered to pay $4,999 in restitution.
Keenan resigned from the police department on June 9th.
The Explorers Post is a program comprised of youth ages 14 to 20 that are interested in careers in law enforcement.
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