Ridgefield father who left son in hot car enters plea

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DANBURY – Kyle Seitz, the father whose young son died after being left in a hot car last summer, has entered a plea under the Alford doctrine.

By entering the plea, Seitz does not admit guilt, but agrees that the state has enough evidence against him to get a conviction. The plea allows the defendant to enter into plea bargain negotiations with prosecutors.  If the judge in the case accepts the plea, Seitz will be found guilty. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 9.

Seitz, 36, of Ridgefield was charged with criminally negligent homicide. The state said he caused his 15-month-old son’s death by leaving the boy in the car for hours on a hot July day.

Authorities say Seitz forgot to take his son, Benjamin, to day care on July 7,  2014 and unintentionally left him in the car for more than seven hours while he went to work. Temperatures that day hit the upper 80s.

The medical examiner found the toddler died of hyperthermia, or extremely high body temperature.

Seitz, who has two other children, has been free on bail since pleading not guilty in November.

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