Man Charged with Murder for Leaving Baby in Hot Car While He Got High (VIDEO)

Another man has been charged with first-degree murder for leaving a baby in a hot, locked car. Seth Jackson, similar to Justin Ross Harris, forgot that his 10-month-old was strapped in the car during high temperatures, and it was only hours later that he remembered where she was, but by then it was too late. This time, however, prosecutors aren't saying that Jackson, who, along with his partner, was foster dad to Anna (also known as Kadillak to her bio family), premeditated the murder, but that he forgot her whereabouts under egregiously negligent circumstances -- he was allegedly high on marijuana when he forgot about the baby girl.

Jackson, who lives in Witchita, Kansas with his partner Payton Schroeder and two adopted boys, had cared for Anna for most of her life and the two were in the process of trying to adopt her. The pair are also caring for three other foster children besides Anna. They have been taken away from the pair.

Prosecutors say that on July 24, Jackson brought the baby to his drug dealer's house to buy marijuana. He then returned home, and left the baby in the car while he got high. Something on TV triggered his memory of the girl, but after two hours in a sweltering car, it was too late.

Jackson's lawyer says that a murder charge is highly inappropriate for a "mistake," and that involuntary manslaughter would better fit the crime, but prosecutors say it is warranted since the death occurred during the commission of "inherently dangerous felony -- aggravated endangering of a child," -- in other words, that he was consuming illegal drugs with a child around.

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The state does not say that he killed the child on purpose.

It's clear this man was distracted for all the wrong reasons -- however, it doesn't sound like he was high before he left the child in the car. A murder charge does seem a bit extreme for a horrible mistake, one he and his partner will regret forever. In fact, Jackson's mother told NBC that Jackson "wants to die" because his children are his life.

What a tragedy considering this couple seem to care so much about children, and have adopted two, and raised at least four foster kids. Tragically, one extremely careless moment changed everything.

Do you think he should be charged with murder?


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nonmember avatar mommy0320

He should be charged with a host of other charges, child endangerment included, who brings a 10 month old to buy pot? I honestly dont think he should be charged with murder because it wasnt premeditated death and i dont believe marijuana warrants a felony, its a misdemeanor charge (atleast where i live) so she didnt die in the midst of a felony which usually warrants murder charge even if it wasnt intentional. My heart hurts just thinking about her. (P.s kadilak? Seriously?! SERIOUSLY?)

Julia Saenz

dude looks like a kiddie diddler

Charl... Charlyla2

I think if you feel the need to get high while in charge of children, you shouldn't have kids in the first place.

crazy... crazydaisydux

Sad to think that many children are taken from their biological parents and are placed in foster homes that are drug laden also. RIP little angel

nonmember avatar B

I dont think he should b charged with murder. Wat he did was wrong an he will regret forever but i honestly dont think he should get murder

nonmember avatar yolie

I don't think they need to adopt any more children either

ladyb... ladybug61265

I am so sick and tired of hearing that people "forgot" their child was in the car. Really people? Are you that stupid? These are not sunglasses or purses or some other accessory, these are children. Living, breathing beings whom you chose to bring into the world and be responsible for. Anytime I hear someone saying they "forgot" their kid, I call bs. Smdh

lovem... lovemykids4E

I read an article about a women who's child died from being left in a hot car. She's an advocate about it now. She was going on and on about how it could happen to anyone and if you've ever left anything in your car then you could leave your child too. I don't care what anyone says, I would NEVER forget my children in the car. A child is way different than a phone or purse. I've had my schedule all messed up and have done things that weren't routine and I never for a second forgot my child was in the car. It just blows my mind when I hear these stories. And I'm tired of people trying to make excuses for it. There is absolutely no reason or excuse for a parent or any adult to forget a child anywhere! I'm not judging these people because that's not my place. Im sure those people loved those babies and were good parents or whatever they were to them. I will just never understand how it could happen.

sup3r... sup3rmissg

If these people are getting caught now leaving there kids in cars, how many times have they done it before in colder weather. You don't just forget your kid, that is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

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