Coroner: Hartsville toddler dies after being left in car

David Gray with his daughter, Sophia

A co-worker of the Hartsville father charged in the death of his 13-month-old daughter, who was left in a car outside his workplace for several hours on Thursday, is speaking out about what happened.

Sophia Goyeneche

meant the world to her father, David Richard Gray, said his co-worker, Margaret Powers-Floyd.

Hartsville Police have charged Gray, 30, with Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

Powers-Floyd said when he got off work at Carolina Printing at 5:30, he walked out to his car, and they heard him screaming.

When Floyd and others went to investigate, she said they found Gray giving Sophia mouth-to-mouth. Powers-Floyd said Gray was pleading with her to live and asking God to take his life instead of hers.

Police say Gray told them he forgot Sophia was inside the car.

Powers-Floyd said Gray was supposed to drop her off at day care Thursday morning, something he didn't normally do. We're told Gray is not married to the child's mother.

Coroner Todd Hardee has asked for the assistance of the SLED child death division and the assistance of the Hartsville City Police Department in the investigation.

Hardee said Friday, Sophia's cause of death is h


due to the extreme heat. Hardee has ruled the death an accident.

WPDE's Chief Meteorologist Ed Piotrowski says the high temperature in Hartsville Thursday was 94 degrees.

Gray is being held in the Darlington County Detention Center.

He will have a bond hearing Friday at 4:30pm.