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Report: Ridgefield toddler’s death a homicide

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The death of 15-month-old Benjamin Seitz has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office.

The cause of death was due to hyperthermia because of environmental exposure, but further details would not be released.

State’s Attorney, Stephen Sedensky has said that as of right now there is no warrant of arrest issued for the death of Benjamin Seitz.

Sedensky and the Ridgefield Police Department will be working together during the investigation. It has been regarded as criminal investigation, according to a press release from Sedensky’s office.

There will be no comment on any details of the investigation, which include the autopsy report.

Just because the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, does not mean charges will be brought against his father, William Dunlap, Associate Dean of Quinnipiac’s Law School said.

“The homicide ruling just means that the death was not an accident or due to natural causes,” Dunlap said.

Dunlap believes it will now be up to police and prosecutors to determine if the homicide was of criminal intent.

Seitz was left in the car July 7 when his father, Kyle Seitz, went to work. After finding the child in the hot car, the father drove the child to Danbury Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.

More information to come.

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6 Responses

  1. lance says:

    I really don’t understand how someone can leave his child in the car all
    day while at work. Drive your car out to lunch and still don’t notice the child or the “odor” that must have been present from a 15 month old child left baking in a car. Then leave work and go to pick him up when you never dropped him off in the first and ask the child care workers if his mother picked him up???? This story is unreal????? Then take him to the hospital and never call 911???
    And a website to raise awareness by these parents is B”"lS”"T!!!!!!

  2. Marisa says:

    “The homicide ruling just means that the death was not an accident or due to natural causes,” Not accident, not natural causes, then what’s left? suicide…come on now…somebody did this & it’s the father…charge him right away before he gets sympathy from some ‘morons’…

  3. WF says:

    Poor little guy, stupidity has no race–

  4. fedup says:

    GOOD….about time these idiot parents are held responsible.

    Your child is the most important thing in your life and bake him in the car for 7 hours???????….DISGUSTING

    GO TO JAIL !!!!!

  5. Angel of the Morning says:

    Please tell us why the NewsTimes continually hides news articles as blog posts?

  6. joe says:

    wow, A Homicide. Has to be charges. I just cant believe it took this long to figure out the cause of death