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Parents Alexander Rosario and Douceaymee Lopez-Alvarez will not face charges after leaving toddler Jadiel Rosario in hot car

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Douceaymee Alvarez (R) and Alexander Rosario (L) are the parents of a 2-year-old boy left in a car seat for 8 hours on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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TAMPA, Florida - Jadiel Rosario is just a toddler, not yet 2-years-old.

What happened to him, people say, is downright horrifying, shocking, and sick.

He sat for eight hours in a hot car on a boiling Florida day after he was accidentally left strapped in to his car seat, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

"It was an accident. Our investigators talked with the parents, their relatives, and friends," said a Sheriff's spokesperson Wednesday. "The mother and father will not face any criminal charges."

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office say that since this was accidental, they will not recommend to the State Attorney to file any charges.

That has the public outraged.

The parents, known to keep late hours, returned to their home on 127th Street in Tampa at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, says the Sheriff's Office. Three children were unloaded one by one, except for the fourth, little Jadiel.

The mother thought the father had him, and the father thought the mother had him, sources say. It turns out no one had the 23-month-old. He sat in the car, buckled in the seat until noon, while the family was sleeping inside the home.

The sheriff's office also says the toddler's siblings, who are old enough to go to school -- ages 8 and 7 -- left the home that morning and walked right past the car where their little brother remained in his car seat. No one thought to look inside. 

The toddler was known to "sleep until noon," says the family.

Neighbor Sharon Scruggs told 10 News, "She is a wonderful mother. She never lets those children out of her sight. This was a terrible accident."

A physician we spoke with says that on a day like Tuesday, where the temperature broke records into the nineties, the car would have reached more than 110 degrees in as little as ten minutes.

The father told the hospital not to provide the media with any more status updates on his son. The child was last listed in critical condition with his parents holding vigil at his bedside.

Leslie Mannis, a longtime Tampa criminal defense attorney, says, "If the State Attorney is going to take a case like this to trial, he has to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, and in this case it looks like the parents made a mistake."

The parents, Alexander Rosario and Douceaymee Lopez-Alvarez, do not have criminal records.

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