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Ridgefield father appears in court after son died in hot car

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RIDGEFIELD--Kyle Seitz appeared in court Wednesday, charged with criminally negligent homicide. He was released after arraignment on a promise to appear, but he must have supervised visits with his children.

Seitz was arrested on Tuesday for the death of his son, Benjamin.

Benjamin Seitz died in a hot car on July 7 after his father, Kyle, says he forgot the child was in the back seat. Benjamin was 15 months old, and his father was supposed to drop him at daycare that morning, but he forgot. When Kyle returned to pick Benjamin up from daycare, the employees said Benjamin had never arrived that morning. At that point, Kyle found his son unresponsive in the back seat of his car and drove him to Danbury Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Benjamin Seitz

Ben and his dad, Kyle

On Aug. 21 the state's medical examiner's office ruled Benjamin's death a homicide, and said it was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure. At that time, the Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky released a statement saying, "The autopsy report is one factor to be considered by the state's attorney in the evaluation of the incident once the investigation's complete." The police department and state's attorney's office would not comment on if Kyle Seitz would be arrested.

Fox CT spoke with Kyle Seitz's lawyer, John Robert Gulash, who said, "Kyle has the full support of his family and friends. It's a very difficult time right now."

A local resident named Teresa commented on the ordeal, stating her shock that someone could forget their child in the car. "The baby died that day, this should have been done that day," she said. "The baby needed justice. Why it took so long? It's bureaucracy--lawyers or anything else."

Kyle Seitz turned himself in to the Ridgefield Police Headquarters after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest.

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Hot car death of Ridgefield baby ruled a homicide

Ridgefield mom fights grief, pushes for prevention

Ridgefield child who died in a hot car identified

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  • Guy Holder

    Mr Seitz regularly dropped off his son at daycare prior to work. But on this particular day after loading his son in the vehicle – he doesn’t drop him at daycare, he forgets and doesn’t notice his child in the vehicle?

    How is this possible? He has one singular responsibility in the morning – load your child in the vehicle and drop him off at daycare.
    He has one singular responsibility as a parent – care for your child, but somehow manages to lose track of a baby in the back seat?

    We’re not talking a wallet – he forgets his child and his routine? THIS IS MURDER not a misdemeanor.

  • M. Meredith

    It’s “HYPERTHERMIA” not “HYPOTHERMIA” (which is when you freeze to death)! When are your editors going to get it right? Is Samantha Schoenfeld an intern?

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