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Ridgefield Police Identify 15-Month-Old Who Died In Hot Car

The baby who died in a hot car was in the parking lot here at 38A Grove St. in Ridgefield where his father worked. Photo Credit: Daily Voice
Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - Ridgefield police identified the 15-month-old child who died Monday after being left in a car as Benjamin Seitz.

In an email sent Wednesday afternoon, Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said Benjamin "was supposed to be dropped off at a day-care facility in Ridgefield by his father. The father did not drop off his son" and went to his office at 38A Grove St. in Ridgefield with the child still in the car on Monday morning, Kreitz said. The family lives in Ridgefield. 

Earlier Wednesday, police said there had been no 911 calls because the father had taken the child directly to Danbury Hospital late Monday afternoon when he found him in the car at the end of the workday. 

The cause of death is still listed as pending at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police said. 

It is still unclear how long the child was in the car. 

"Ridgefield detectives are still conducting interviews to ascertain the exact amount of time the 15-month-old was left in the vehicle," Kreitz released in an email at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures soared to nearly 90 degrees with high humidity on Monday in Ridgefield. 

The father was identified as Kyle Seitz by the The father reportedly normally dropped his son off at at day care then got coffee and went to work, the said.

But Monday, he went straight for coffee and then to work, apparently forgetting Benjamin in the back seat, sources familiar with the investigation told the News-Times.

The State Police Western Connecticut Major Crime Squad and the state attorney’s office in Danbury are assisting in the investigation.

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