A Washington, D.C., cop allegedly left his child to die in a hot car after he murdered his girlfriend.
According to Whig.com, prosecutors argued today in court that the incident began over a paternity dispute. Richmond Phillips allegedly killed his girlfriend and child because he didn’t want to pay child support. He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Defense lawyer Brian Denton, however, argued that his client is innocent and that the evidence is circumstantial.
Phillips is being accused of killing his 20-year-old girlfriend Wynetta Wright and their 1-year-old child Jaylin in June of 2011. Wynetta’s body was found in a Washington, D.C., park and Jaylin was found dead in a locked car with the windows rolled up. According to WJLA, temperatures had reached more than 100 degrees when police found Jaylin’s body buckled into her car seat.
Phillips, who was a member of the MPD’s narcotics unit for several years, is facing weapons and child abuse charges in addition to the two counts of first-degree murder.
There were several sad stories in 2012 about children being left in hot cars during the heat wave. According to ABC News, eight children died of hyperthermia this year during the first week of August alone.