A Kansas hot car death tragically happened Thursday in Witchita. A baby left in a hot car died at home after sitting in the back seat “forgotten” about. As MSN News reports, Lt. Todd Ojile explains on Friday that a 29-year-old man was booked on suspicion of aggravated endangerment. The man tells authorities that he’d “somehow forgotten” about the girl being inside the car, who was still strapped in her seat in the driveway.
Ojile says the foster parent parked the vehicle at home after picking the baby up from the babysitter Thursday afternoon. Seth M. Jackson went in the house with the 5-year-old, but the infant was left behind in the car.
The report notes that another man, 26 — who’s also a foster parent — was inside the house as well. He hasn’t been charged with any crime.
Ojile further reveals that neither one of the foster parents recalled the baby being outside in the hot car until something on television “jogged their memories.” By that point, the girl had been inside the vehicle for two hours. Eyewitness News 12 adds that when the foster parents took the 10-month-old girl out of the car, she was unresponsive. They called 911 and emergency crews pronounced the baby dead at the home after they arrived.
Police questioned both men, with Jackson being charged with aggravated child endangerment. Police will present this case to the District Attorney’s Office next week.
Two other children who were under the men’s care were taken into police custody. Jackson and his partner adopted them — ages 5 and 7. They were in the process of adopting the baby. Three other foster children were also in the home. They’re now with other family members.
Authorities don’t know how hot it was in the car when the girl was found late afternoon, but temperatures reached 90 degrees in Wichita Thursday.
Eighteen car deaths have occurred in 2014 so far. News of this Kansas baby’s hot car death now becomes one of those tragic statistics.
The Inquisitr has covered a lot of news involving hot car deaths of children from all ages; infants, toddlers, and young children have all been victims of an adult’s negligence — whether it’s parents or foster parents. Those arrested for child endangerment often tell police they weren’t planning to leave their kids in the car that long or that they had “forgotten” about them. There were instances in which several parents left kids in the car to go shopping for hours.
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