(BLOUNT COUNTY, Al.) — CBS News reports that an Alabama man is facing reckless manslaughter charges, after his 2-year-old grandson died in a hot vehicle, said authorities on Wednesday.
Ian Weisman died Tuesday after spending seven hours inside his grandfather’s pickup truck. William “Bill” Weisman, 56, is being charged with reckless manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Weisman told authorities that he thought he’d dropped Ian off at day care that morning, and he did not notice the boy strapped into the back seat as he went to work. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey said that Weisman returned to the truck three times that day, but he told authorities he didn’t see the child.
The filed charges indicate that Blount County officials find his account credible. DA Casey was visibly disturbed by the case during the press briefing. “It’s awful. My heart breaks for this family,” she said. “These are not intentional acts. These are negligent acts and/or reckless acts.”
Oneonta Police Chief Charles Clifton told reporters that “I believe everyone I saw on the scene has children, so it’s extremely difficult to be involved insomething like that.”
Mike Bettes, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel, told CBS Evening News that a 100-degree day could heat a car to 119 degrees after just ten minutes. After half an hour, that number could reach 134°.
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