Father of Conn. toddler charged in hot car death
The father of a Connecticut toddler who died after being left in a hot car for hours last summer was charged with criminally negligent homicide.
Kyle Seitz, 36, turned himself into police Tuesday after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest. Police say he left his 15-month-old son Benjamin in the backseat of his car on July 7th after forgetting to drop him off at daycare.
The incident was ruled a homicide in mid-August, but until the arrest warrant was issued, it was unclear if he would face any charges.
Benjamin's mother, Lindsey Roger-Seitz, told WTIC she's forgiven him and doesn't want him charged for what happened:
"The answers that he's given me are just like if you look up some comments from psychologists or other articles of other families this happened to, it's just exactly the same...What he's going through is what I'm going through times... a million."
Seitz faces up to a year in prison if convicted.
Last year, more than 40 children died from vehicle-induced heat strokes in the U.S. And since 1998 more than 600 children have died in hot cars.
One kid in Tennessee is trying to wipe out those statistics.
Andrew Pelham created the E-Z Baby Saver, a simple invention that can be made using basic household items. It attaches to the driver's seat of a car and the interior door handle, so when parents exit their vehicles, they can have an unavoidable reminder to check the backseat. You can check out more about his invention at The Huffington Post.
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