Wichita foster father pleads guilty in hot car death

WICHITA (KSNT) – A Wichita man charged with leaving a 10-month old child inside a hot car  to die in July pleaded guilty Wednesday.

KSN-TV reports Seth Jackson, the foster father waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Sedgwick County Court and entered a plea for the charge of involuntary manslaughter. He will be sentenced January 30th.

Jackson says he accidentally left the 10-month-old girl inside his car on a hot afternoon for more than two hours.

It was around 90 degrees outside, and police say the girl was inside the car with the windows up for more than two hours. An autopsy showed she died of hyperthermia due to heat exposure. Jackson was charged with murder.

The affidavit said one of the foster parents realized that the baby was in the car when he heard a baby crying on a television show they were watching. The men rushed outside, Jackson unlocked the vehicle and his partner removed the child.

The partner told investigators the girl was hot and stiff when he carried her into the house. As he called 911, Jackson attempted CPR but could not get the child’s mouth open, according to the affidavit.

Officers who responded found Jackson still on the phone when they arrived, making calls and repeatedly stating, “I left her in the car, she’s dead, she’s dead,” according to the affidavit.

At a later interview at police headquarters, Jackson’s partner told detectives he and Jackson had been the girl’s foster parents since she was 2 weeks old and were trying to adopt her.

Jackson and his partner had five other children in their care, three young foster children — ages 3, 5 and 18— and two adopted children — ages 5 and 7. The two younger foster children were visiting other relatives at the time the 10-month-old died.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 30. Jackson could face 31 to 136 months in prison.

 

Neither the district attorney and Jackson’s defense attorney would comment on the deal in court.

The Associated Press Contributed To This Story

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