Wichita police present case of baby’s death in hot car to prosecutors

07/29/2014 3:41 PM

07/29/2014 9:43 PM

Police on Wednesday presented to prosecutors their investigation into the death of a 10-month-old foster child left in a hot car outside her Wichita home.

It’s now up to prosecutors whether to charge Seth Michael Jackson, 29, who was one of two men caring for the baby girl. When that decision will come is not clear. On Wednesday, Jackson remained in the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated endangerment of a child. He is being held under a $100,000 bond.

Police said the girl was one of four foster children living at the home under the care of Jackson and a 26-year-old man. The two men also have two adopted children and had been trying to adopt the 10-month-old, police said. Neighbors have said that the two men appeared to be good parents.

Police Lt. Todd Ojile, head of the homicide unit, said Friday that Jackson forgot that he had left the girl in the car late Thursday afternoon after returning from a baby sitter.

The 10-month-old had been left for up to 2 1/2 hours strapped into a seat in the back of a car parked in front of the house on South Topeka, near Harry. The tinted windows were rolled up.

When Jackson and the other man realized she had been left in the car, they rushed out and took her inside, but she was dead, Ojile said.

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