A mother in Roseburg, Oregon, asked prison guards to commit suicide after she was charged with manslaughter for manslaughter in connection with the death of her 21-month-old daughter, her lawyer said.
Remington Engler died after her mother, Nicole Engler, had left her in a hot car for about eight hours last week when temperatures reached nearly 80 degrees, the Oregonian reported.
Engler found Remington "blue and unconscious" around 4:30 pm in the parking lot in front of Evergreen Family Medicine – where she works as a nurse – on June 21st.
The mother desperately led her daughter to Evergreen Family Medicine, where the staff tried to resuscitate the child. The young girl was unsuccessfully taken to Mercy Medical Center, where she later died
Engler was subsequently taken into custody by the Roseburg Police Department. During her imprisonment, "the mother stretched out her hair and implored her to commit suicide," her lawyer David Terry told the Oregonian.
The incident began on the morning of June 21st. Englers husband, Peter, usually Remington to the daycare. But the emergency department's shift had ended only hours before the young girl's departure, which caused Engler to let her husband sleep and to take Remington to the nursery itself.
Lost in thought, however, the mother never made it to daycare – instead, she drove straight to work and arrived at 8 in the morning.
That afternoon, she drove to a local café and then returned to work. It was not until she left the day that she found her daughter in the Honda CRV unconscious.
"It was one of the saddest moments of my 40-year career," Terry said, referring to the moment he saw Peter "sobbing uncontrollably" over his daughter's body at the medical center. The police also drove Engler to the medical center, where Terry said he "sat with her while holding the light of her life."
One day later, on June 22, Engler was released from the Douglas County Detention Center for $ 50,000. She is expected to go to court in August, according to the prison records. But Terry told the newspaper that he is urging prosecutors to drop their charges against the mother, as Remington's death was recently declared an accident by the Douglas County Medical Examiner.
"It's not about a heartless mother doing the unthinkable," said Terry
District Attorney Richard Wesenberg declined to comment on the case when he was contacted by the Oregonian, but said in a statement, that "all available evidence" is considered.