Ridgefield father charged in death of son left in hot car

Bill Dunlap

Kyle Seitz, the father of a toddler who died after being left in a hot car in July, was recently charged with criminally negligent homicide.  William Dunlap, associate dean and professor of the Quinnipiac University School of Law, is available today to comment.

"If Seitz is going to be arrested, criminally negligent homicide would seem to be the appropriate charge," Dunlap said. "I would say that there is enough evidence here to allow a jury to conclude that Seitz caused the baby's death and that he did it with criminal negligence.  Criminal negligence requires the prosecution to prove that the defendant failed to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that leaving the baby in the car could kill him, and that his failure to perceive the risk was a gross deviation from the standard of care a reasonable person would observe.  This is not to say that a jury will convict Seitz, if the case goes to trial, but only that the circumstances of the case would allow a jury to do so."

To arrange to interview Dunlap, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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