HARTFORD, Conn. (PIX11) – The case of a Connecticut toddler’s death inside a hot car is now being treated as a homicide.
In July, Ridgefield father Kyle Seitz left his 15-month-old son Benjamin inside a locked car while he was at work, according to police.
Seitz told his wife he not only forgot to drop the boy off at daycare in the morning, but that he even tried to pick Ben up from daycare later that day — with the little boy’s motionless body still strapped in the back seat of the car, CNN reported.
At first he thought his wife brought the boy home without telling him, but when daycare workers said they hadn’t seen her, he ran back to the care and found him in the back seat.
According to Captain Jeff Kreitz, no 911 calls were made from the scene. When he realized his son was in the car, Seitz drove the boy to Danbury Hospital where employees called police.
The air temperature outside the car reached nearly 90 degrees that day. The medical examiner determined that Benjamin Seitz died of hyperthermia.
Ben’s mother, Lindsey Rogers-Seitz, said that she has forgiven her husband, and is now working to raise awareness.
According to advocacy group KidsAndCars.org, 44 children died in hot cars in 2013, and more than 500 have died since the year 2000.
Rogers-Seitz is drafting a bill, called Benjamin’s Bill, that could lead to new life-saving technology that would detect passengers left in cars.
See her blog, “The Gift of Ben“, for more on her work.