Report: Ridgefield toddler’s death a homicide

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.

Skyler Magnoli