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Mother charged in death of baby who was left in van on hot day

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PERRY, Iowa (AP) — The mother of a 7-month-old girl who died in the heat after being left in the family minivan was charged Friday with neglect and involuntary manslaughter.

Kari Engholm, 34, pleaded not guilty and told authorities she forgot about the child when she went to her job as a hospital administrator on June 26. She discovered the child dead at the end of the work day. The temperature had reached 90 degrees that day.

Dennis Engholm said his wife had become distracted because her schedule had changed.

"No one can never ever know the loss and despair I feel," Kari Engholm said. "I miss my daughter, Clare, so much and I love her so much."

If convicted, Engholm could get up to 12 years in prison for neglect and manslaughter. Her trial is set for Nov. 27.