Kansas Foster Baby Dead After Being Left in Car

Male guardian booked but not charged

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 26, 2014 5:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – A baby in Kansas is dead after being left in the back seat of a car for two hours, reports AP. A male foster parent, 29, has been arrested, but not charged, on suspicion of aggravated endangerment in the death of the 10-month-old girl. Authorities say Seth Jackson picked up the child from the baby-sitter, returned home, and went inside the house with another 5-year-old child. Two hours later, he said something on TV jogged his memory. By the time he and his partner—who faces no charges—raced out to the vehicle on the 90-degree day, the girl was dead.

The two men had cared for the baby nearly all her life and planned to adopt her, reports the Wichita Eagle. She had been placed in the foster system after being born in Topeka with drugs in her system. The couple also were caring for the girl's two older sisters, along with four other children. “These kids were their life,” says a neighbor. “That’s what they lived for. You could tell.” The girl's maternal grandmother is angry and demanding to know where her other two grandkids are. "I want answers," Cindy Poe tells AP. "I want to know why my grandbaby was in that car."

Police tape surrounds a car outside a Wichita, Kan., where a 10-month-old girl died.
Police tape surrounds a car outside a Wichita, Kan., where a 10-month-old girl died.   (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Matt Riedl)
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