Last month, a 4-week-old baby in North Carolina died after the baby’s parents left him in a car for two hours. The parents of the newborn baby have now been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse. Both parents are being held on a $200,000 bond.
Unfortunately, this is not the first reported incident of a child dying after being left in a hot car. Just a couple of months ago, in Georgia, 22-month-old Cooper Harris died after his father Justin Ross Harris left him in the backseat of a car for an entire workday. Justin Ross Harris was charged with murder and child cruelty. Harris told investigators that he forgot the child was in the car. However, investigators claim that Harris researched into how hot a car needs to be in order to kill a child and was also sending explicit text messages to several women while his child was left to die in the backseat of his car.
These two recent incidences are certainly not the first of their nature. Over the past decade, at least 388 children have died from a heatstroke related to being left in a hot car. Just last year, in 2013, it was reported that at least 44 children in the United States died from vehicular heatstroke.
In Florida, a child abuse conviction carries severe penalties. If you have been charged with child abuse, you could be facing a long prison sentence, among other punishments. It is necessary that you contact a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and ensure the best possible outcome for your criminal case.
Contact Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. if you have been charged with child abuse, child neglect, or any other crime. Attorneys Christopher Pagan and Julian Stroleny have the expertise necessary to handle your Miami-Dade or Broward County criminal case. Call (305) 615-1285 to schedule your free consultation today and learn how we can help resolve your case.