Girl Dies in Hot Car

Mother and associate facing charges

Evan Smith
August 08, 2019 - 2:55 pm
William Charles Cox, Jr., a Maryland Fugative from Justice, arrested in Westminster

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A 13-year-old girl with special needs died after being left in a hot car for two hours in Colleton County.

The teen’s body was found Monday evening when Colleton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and Colleton County Fire Rescue responded to a scene on Lowcountry Highway after receiving a call about a child left in a vehicle.

Emergency responders found a 13-year-old girl lying on the ground beside the vehicle. She was declared dead at the scene,

The girl’s mother, Rita Pangalangan, and her male associate, Larry King, were at the scene when authorities arrived. Both were taken to the Sheriff’s office and were later arrested and charged with murder in connection to the child’s death.

They stood before a magistrate for a bond hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

Bond was denied for both defendants.

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