Alabama father charged with murder after 2-year-old left in hot car for hours

Published 11:43 am Tuesday, February 28, 2023

An Alabama father has been charged with murder after police say he left his 2-year-old child in a hot car all day.

Shawn Rounsavall, 51, of Atmore, Alabama, was charged with reckless murder Monday after police say they were called to the local hospital Monday afternoon after Rounsavall brought the child to the emergency room.

“Atmore police officers responded to the hospital and discovered the child was supposed to be dropped off at a local daycare during the morning hours,” Atmore Police Sgt. Darrell McMann said.

“Officers learned the father went to the daycare that afternoon to pick the child up. The father was told the child was never dropped off that morning. The father then discovered the child in the backseat of the vehicle and rushed to the hospital.”

Rounsavall was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.