11-Month-Old Dies in Hot Car While Mother Officiated Church Service for Three Hours

Photo Credit: Brevard County Sheriff's Office

A Florida mom was arrested after leaving her 11-month-old in a hot car for three hours while she lead a church service, NY Post reported. 

Bulaine Molme, 37, who runs the Mount of Olives Evangelical Church in Palm Bay with her husband who is a pastor, was booked into the Brevard County jail on a felony count of manslaughter of a child, Thursday. 

According to detectives, Molme was running late for a service she was set to officiate that morning. Molme told police that she thought her daughter was taken inside by a member of the congregation. Narrowing down to the end of service, Molmes realized her baby was not in the building. When she rushed over to her car she found the infant unresponsive. 

The baby was still strapped into her car seat when she was found. CPR was done on the infant before she was transported to Palm Bay Community Hospital. She was later pronounced dead.

Police say temperatures soared to a scorching 81 degrees that day. Inside the car temperatures can go all the way up to 105 degrees in only 75-degree temperature,  according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Reports reveal that a child’s body temperature can rise three to five times faster than an adult’s. 

Molme was released from jail Friday after posting a $15,000 bond.

Molmes and her husband Pastor Jnmarc Molme, are both from Haiti. The couple launched the Mount of Olives Church in September 2018, according to the Florida Baptist Convention. They share three other children. 

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