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UPDATE: Prosecutors Charge Kansas Foster Parent With The Of Death Of A Child Left In Hot Car

Updated on Thursday, July 31 2014

Prosecutors have charged a Kansas foster parent with murder for a 10-month-girl who died after being left in a hot car.

Seth M. Jackson made his first court appearance Wednesday to hear the charges against him. The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office is charging the 29-year-old Wichita man with first-degree murder.

An alternative count of second-degree murder charge has also been filed.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

The young girl died last Thursday after being left for more than two hours inside a hot car. Police say Jackson had apparently forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory. Temperatures in Wichita at the time were around 90 degrees.

Original Story:

The Wichita Police Department held a briefing Friday morning to release information about a 10-month-old girl who died after being left in a hot car outside a house in south Wichita. KMUW's Abigail Wilson reports…

Officers found the infant unresponsive inside the car Thursday evening in the 1500 block of south Topeka. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

Lt. Todd Ojile spoke at the briefing.

“When officers arrived, the windows in the car were all up,” Ojile said.

The child’s 29-year-old foster father Seth Michael Jackson was arrested and is facing charges of aggravated child endangerment.

Police believe the girl was in the car for 2 to 2.5 hours.

Ojile said he could not estimate what the temperature would have been inside the car, but that the heat index was 93 degrees at the time.

“We don’t know how the child was left in there, or why they left it in there right now," he said. "We’re still doing interviews and still trying to figure that out.”

Ojile said the police do not plan to arrest any other individuals in regard to the child’s death.