The teenager reportedly was babysitting her siblings Monday at the family’s condominium on Waldrop Trail near Decatur when the incident occurred.
Ray said he had been away from the house with his wife and left the teen in charge.
Emergency dispatchers received a call from Shelton Ray shortly before 1 p.m. on Monday, but then he put down the phone, Parish said.
Ray told Channel 2 Action News that he tried to take the child to the hospital himself.
He intercepted an emergency vehicle along the way, but it was too late.
“She died in my arms,” he said.