Parents in heat-stroke death will not be prosecuted

November 26, 2009

The parents of a 23-month-old Howard County girl who died of heat stroke after being left in the family car for several hours on June 25 will not be prosecuted, Howard County State's Attorney Dario Broccolino said Wednesday. Broccolino said that his office had recommended that the parents be charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment, but that the grand jury declined to indict the Ellicott City couple, whose names have not been made public. According to police, "a change in routine" led to some miscommunication between the parents about who was taking the toddler to day care. A neighbor found the girl several hours later, unconscious and buckled in her child safety seat with the windows closed. Broccolino said that the grand jury had deliberated on the case "longer than usual."

- Don Markus

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