GLENDIVE — A 19-year-old Eastern Montana woman is charged with negligent homicide after her 2-year-old son died from being left in a hot car.

Prosecutors say Ashley Maria Howard of Glendive left the boy in her car on June 26 while she slept after getting drunk at a party the night before.

She woke up about 1 p.m. and took him to the hospital, where his temperature was 107 degrees. The boy was removed from life support on June 28.

That same day, Howard's father told Dawson County deputies he had confronted Howard several times for leaving the boy in a hot vehicle.

KULR-TV reports Howard is jailed with her bail set at $100,000. Her initial court appearance is Aug. 21.

Howard's public defender did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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