Foster Dad Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter After Leaving Baby In Car While He Smoked Pot

| by Jared Keever

A Kansas foster dad pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter charges for leaving a 10-month-old baby girl in a parked car on a 90-degree day while he and his partner smoked marijuana and watched “Game of Thrones.”

The Associated Press reports District Attorney Marc Bennett said Seth Jackson picked up the girl from a baby sitter July 24 after having visited his drug dealer’s house. When he returned home he left the baby — who has only been identified by the initials K.P.J. — in the car. 

According to a story from the Daily Mail, Jackson and his partner, Payton Schroeder, watched nearly two full episodes of “Game of Thrones” while the girl sat in the car. It was not until Jackson heard a baby cry in one of the episodes that he remembered he left the girl in the car. 

The two men said they rushed to the car and Jackson tried to administer CPR while Schroeder dialed 911. 

Court documents indicate that officers, responding to the scene, found Jackson making frantic phone calls, saying, “I left her in the car, she's dead, she's dead.”

Authorities estimated the girl had been in the car for more than two hours. An autopsy later showed she died of hyperthermia due to heat exposure.

Police originally charged Jackson with first-degree murder but that was later amended to second-degree murder. Court officials dropped the charge to involuntary manslaughter after Jackson agreed to the plea, The Wichita Eagle reports. 

At Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Bruce Brown advised Jackson he was still entitled to a hearing and a trial. 

“I would like to waive my right, please,” Jackson responded. 

After Jackson assured the judge he was of sound mind and not pressured, Brown accepted his plea.

Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 30. He faces anywhere from 31 to 136 months in prison and may be fined up to $300,000. 

Sources: The Associated PressDaily MailThe Wichita Eagle / Photo Credit: Daily Mail courtesy of Sedgwick County Jail.