SC mother, man face murder charges after 13-year-old girl with special needs dies in vehicle

Rita Rangalangan and Larry King (Colleton County Sheriff's Office) 

Authorities in South Carolina say a teenager with special needs has died after being left in a car for hours. They’ve arrested two people in connection with the girl’s death.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release that investigators responded Monday to a report of a child locked in a vehicle 60 miles (95 kilometers) outside of Charleston.

First responders pronounced the 13-year-old girl dead at the scene. Colleton County Fire official Barry McRoy told news outlets the victim appeared to have been in the car for at least two hours.

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Investigators arrested Rita Pangalangan and Larry King. Both were awaiting bond hearings Tuesday.

Pangalangan is a teacher in the Colleton County School District. District spokesman Sean Gruber told news outlets she’s been placed on paid leave.