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Ridgefield Dad Charged With Criminally Negligent Homicide In Son's Death

Benjamin Seitz, 15 months old, died July 7 after being left in a hot car at his father's workplace in Ridgefield. His death was ruled a homicide.
Benjamin Seitz, 15 months old, died July 7 after being left in a hot car at his father's workplace in Ridgefield. His death was ruled a homicide. Photo Credit: File

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Kyle Seitz, whose son died after being left in a car on a hot day in July, was charged Tuesday with criminally negligent homicide, Ridgefield police said in a statement.  

Seitz, 36, turned himself in at Ridgefield Police headquarters at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. 

Seitz was released on a written promise to appear in Danbury Superior Court at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. 

"This charge comes as the result of Mr. Seitz leaving his son, Benjamin Seitz, unattended in a parked vehicle for an extended period of time on 07/07/2014," Ridgefield police said in the statement. 

Benjamin Seitz was 15 months old. 

Benjamin died in a hot car July 7 after he "was supposed to be dropped off at a day-care facility in Ridgefield by his father," Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said in July. But "the father did not drop off his son" and went to his office at at Owl Computing Technologies at 38A Grove St. in Ridgefield with the child still in the car, Kreitz said.

Temperatures reached 88 degrees on the day the boy died.

It was not clear how long the toddler was in the car. The father took the child directly to Danbury Hospital when he found him in the car at the end of his workday. The death was ruled a homicide in August.

Lindsey Rogers-Seitz, the boy’s mother, started a website pushing for car safety regulations and laws to prevent such deaths in the future.

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