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August 2, 2014

Foster father released on bond

A Wichita man charged in his 10-month-old foster daughter’s heat death was released from Sedgwick County Jail on bond Saturday afternoon.

A Wichita man charged in his 10-month-old foster daughter’s heat death was released from Sedgwick County Jail on bond Saturday afternoon.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge David Dahl during a motions hearing Friday refused to lower the $250,000 bail set for Seth M. Jackson but agreed to allow his release if the 29-year-old posted a portion of the amount.

Jackson, who was being held on a first-degree felony murder charge, was ordered to pay a surety bond on $50,000 and granted release on his own recognizance on the remaining amount during Friday’s hearing, according to court records.

He was no longer listed among inmates when The Eagle checked online jail records shortly after 5 p.m.; his name had appeared on the list by mid-afternoon Saturday. The jail confirmed his release by phone.

Prosecutors last week charged Jackson with the murder of his foster daughter after she died in the backseat of a hot car parked outside her home on July 24. During Friday’s hearing to reduce Jackson’s bond, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett told the court Jackson had been smoking marijuana and had gone out to buy more before he picked the girl up from a baby sitter that day.

Jackson got out of the car with a 5-year-old child but left the girl behind on his way to consume more of the drug, prosecutors said Friday.

The underlying crime attached to Jackson’s first-degree felony murder charge is aggravated endangerment of a child. He also is charged with an alternative count of second-degree unintentional but reckless murder.

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