South Carolina woman accused of death in grandchild car

Janik Nix, 64, was charged with child abuse manslaughter for leaving her 18-month-old grandson in a hot car outside her home in Greenville in May.

A woman from South Carolina was accused of the death of her 18-month-old grandson who had been left in a hot car.

Janik Nix, 64, was arrested and charged with manslaughter for child abuse in the May 31 death, Greenville County sheriff's sergeant. Ryan Flood said.

An arrest warrant alleges that Nix negligently left his grandson Joe Avery James Lockaby in a vehicle outside his home in Greenville for "some time."

An investigation revealed that Nix was "negligent while the victim was in his care, since the child was left in a motor vehicle for an extended period of time, which ultimately resulted … in the death of the victim."

Janik Nix, 64, was charged with child abuse manslaughter for leaving her 18-month-old grandson in a hot car outside her home in Greenville in May.

Janik Nix, 64, was charged with child abuse manslaughter for leaving her 18-month-old grandson in a hot car outside her home in Greenville in May.

His mother Krista Nix (pictured) called it a "rare accident" and said Janik collapsed due to a medical problem and regained consciousness to find the dead baby.

His mother Krista Nix (pictured) called it a "rare accident" and said Janik collapsed due to a medical problem and regained consciousness to find the dead baby.

His mother Krista Nix (pictured) called it a "rare accident" and said Janik collapsed due to a medical problem and regained consciousness to find the dead baby.

The boy's mother, Krista Nix, told WHNS-TV earlier that the boy was spending the night with his grandmother.

She said her mother took her son, Joe Avery James Lockaby, to the car, returned home to look for her keys, but fainted because of a medical problem and found him unconscious after regaining consciousness.

According to Krista, Janik handed the baby cold water and called 911.

"It's a weird accident, his grandmother loved him, he loved all his grandchildren," Krista said.

"I do not have any anger towards her because I know I would never do anything to hurt Joe."

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office and the coroner's office were investigating the case. The Department of Social Services was also notified of the incident.

"It was a weird accident, his grandmother loved him, he loved all his grandchildren," Krista said.

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