Cop Reportedly Left Child in Hot Car to Die

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Sometimes people do horrifying things. Take, for instance, Richmond Phillips, a D.C. police officer, who allegedly shot his baby mama and then left their infant daughter to die in a hot car. Yes, you read that right. A police officer is being charged with the murders of his mistress and his daughter.

Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after 20-year-old Wynetta Wright was found dead in the park where the two met. Their daughter Jaylin was found dead in her car seat with the doors closed and the windows rolled up. She was days shy of her first birthday.

Maryland state attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in opening statements Monday that Richmond Phillips was involved in a paternity dispute with Wright, and killed the two to avoid paying child support. He’s being tried on two counts of first-degree murder, as well as child abuse and firearms charges.

Just ... wow. It’s bad enough to imagine anyone doing something this terrible, but it’s even worse to think about a police officer doing it. Cops are supposed to uphold the law and protect us from murderers -- not become murderers themselves. Especially over something like child support. What kind of monster would put his baby in a hot car to die because she’s too expensive?

Phillips is maintaining his innocence, and his defense attorney Brian Denton told the court that the evidence is circumstantial.

No matter who did it, my heart breaks for that little girl and her mama. I just hope that Jaylin wasn’t in pain as she died. I just googled it, because apparently I’m a masochist and can’t help myself, and found out that children die very quickly when left in cars. The windows create a greenhouse effect that raises the temperature inside the car 35 degrees within minutes. Since babies and small children are unable to regulate their own body temperatures very well, they can die of hyperthermia within 15 minutes on a 75-degree day. On a summer day in Maryland, it’s likely that Jaylin didn’t suffer for very long. At least there’s that.

What a sucky tragedy. RIP Wynetta and Jaylin.

Does this story make you want to hug your babies a little bit tighter?


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kiriis kiriis

Sick son of a bitch. I hope he rots in hell.

Carme... Carmen8706

Yep, it's much better to spend the rest of your life in the Slammer than pay child support (assuming he did it).

wamom223 wamom223

I am praying for the family of these two right now.  This is so sad!  If he did it they should lock him in a  hot car.

nonmember avatar VERNA

maybe they can put him in a hot car until he dies!

nonmember avatar mom

You would think stories like this would make these fast behind young girls stop falling for the hoop dreams these men tell them so they will sleep with them...he killed her and walked away while his daughter sat in that car leaving her to die , he will pay here on earth or in hell

nonmember avatar Brittany

OMG breaks my heart. Death penalty. If only he were in TX. oh poor baby. I cannot imagine and yes I will be holding my son closer tonight. I hope fucking asshole dies in jail.karma is a bitch.

nonmember avatar mamacass

so horific 2 picture that lil angel cryin and squirming in her car seat.so helpless and fragile! That roten piece of shit knws he did it.and wen justice rears its ugly head i hope they rip his testicles frm his body w a rusty butter knife and bury him alive so he 2 can smother and suffer like that sweet angel did. A cop is a human 2 just wears a badge! Take his ass to hell.disgusting! ! ! !

nonmember avatar teagansmomma

'what a sucky tragedy'? Wow, what a way to negate the whole article by summing it up that way.

nonmember avatar OffendedMan

But, remember, only cops should have guns! [sarcasm]

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