A man and woman have been arrested in connection to the death of a special needs teenager found in a vehicle in South Carolina Monday night.
Rita Pangalangan and Larry King are charged with the minor’s death, according to a Tuesday Facebook post by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office that went up around 1:30 a.m.
“This evening Colleton Investigator’s and Colleton County Fire Rescue responded to the area of Low Country Highway in regards to a child left in a vehicle,” the post read. “Upon arrival, investigators determined the child was deceased.”
“It was pretty hot,” Colleton County Fire Rescue Chief Barry McRoy told the Daily News, with ABC News reporting that nearby Walterboro hit the high 80s Monday.
The Fire Rescue department was dispatched to the scene about 4:52 p.m. “to highway 21, in a really rural area of the county,” McRoy said.
The victim was a 13-year-old female with special needs, according to McRoy.
She was reportedly in the car for two hours, McRoy said, noting, “I think it was longer than that.”
By the time the department arrived, “Family members had already taken her out of the car … She had no signs of life.”
“I believe [Pangalangan is] the mother, but I don’t know that for a fact,” McRoy said. “The male I believe is an acquaintance of the mother, I don’t think he’s the father.”
The pair’s relation to the child were not confirmed at the time of publication, nor were the specific charges or the child’s name.