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Foster Dad Left Baby In Hot Car To Get High, Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

  1. Rob Cypher
    Seth Jackson, 29, of Wichita, Kansas has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 10-month-old foster child, a girl the family called Anna.

    Apparently, after picking Anna up from the babysitter’s, Jackson and his partner entered their home but forgot the little girl in the car. She sat there for approximately two hours on a 90-degree day. Anna was dead by the time she was finally recovered. NBC News has the tragic story:

    August 5, 2014



  1. humdroid
    Aw poor little girl, but I'm not going to judge him.
    He did not commit a crime out of malice he forgot.
    Dunno if he was already high when he went to pick up the little girl, if so, then that is obviously not good, but if he wasn't and just forgot, then the charge is a bit harsh.

    Our Prime minister left a government briefcase unattended on a train while he went to get a cup of coffee.

    That guy may have had a lot on his mind, and it's easy to forget things when you have a lot on your mind.

    We dont know how long the child had lived with them, or if they regularly fostered. I used to foster cats and sometimes I would sometimes forget I had a cat to feed until the cat reminded me of course. I never starved them, it was just a momentary forgetfulness.
    We don't have all the facts.
    I can't help but feel sorry for him, though. His life is probably over, grieving and feeling unimaginable guilt, going to a predatory hellish place and probably being targeted by hardened criminals all because he forgot.
  2. ianzombie
    I can't agree.
    If he wanted to take drugs then he should have done them when it was not his responsibility to mind a young child. I might be wrong but i can't help believing that smoking pot lead to his forgetting about the child.
  3. Nosferatus
    While I agree that he probably didn't act with malice, this is not something that can be written off as just an accident. However, I believe the appropriate charge would be either manslaughter or criminal negligence causing death, given that this case involves neither the premeditation nor intent required to sustain a charge of first degree murder. At least on paper, that is, I have no doubt that an openly gay man, who, however indirectly, killed a child, in the Midwest, will be ground to a pulp by the justice system. Both the flippant headline and inappropriate laying of charges seem to echo my prediction.
  4. tidruid
    Really? You would have to be a complete idiot to honestly forget that you had a child belted in your backseat. I really don't believe that the dad forgot to bring his kid inside with him at first. He probably initially planned to go inside and get high BEFORE he decided to go back out and bring Anna into the house.

    I am guessing he didn't intend for any of this to happen. He probably just got too high and ended up forgetting that he needed to go back out to his car after he was done smoking and bring his baby inside. He was probably really stoned when he remembered, "Oh shit Anna is still out in the car!" And once he finally went out to get her it was too late and he found her dead. That is really sad. Still, whatever happened, he was being an irresponsible parent and he placed getting high before taking care of his baby. He deserves to be punished for his mistake.
  5. prescriptionperil
    ^^^This was also a black baby in the MidWest, where I'm uncertain if homophobia trumps racism.

    A plea will likely reduce the charges to manslaughter or negligent homocide.

    Also, the father left the child in the car, prior to smoking pot.

    You need a license to drive a car, but not to parent.

  6. mrs.badger
    I don't have young children, but if I did, having read enough of these horrific stories, I'd have a huge, yellow post-it note always taped to the dashboard with 'BABY!" written on it. There's been enough cases where a rushed parent who wasn't the usual driver/picker-up simply forgot.
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