Ridgefield father who left child in hot car arrested

Benjamin Seitz sits on the shoulders of his father Kyle Seitz. Benjamin died July 7, 2014, when he was left in a hot car in Ridgefield.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– After four months, a Ridgefield father is charged in connection with his 15-month-old son’s death.

Thirty-six-year-old Kyle Seitz turned himself in to police Tuesday after a warrant was out for his arrest.

Back in July, his son Benjamin was left in the back seat of his car for a number of hours while he was at work. News 8 placed calls daily and was the first to report the autopsy results in late August when Benjamin’s death was ruled a homicide from hyperthermia.

Tuesday, we were the first to report the arrest. We also learned the family has finished packing up their home in Ridgefield as they try to heal from this traumatic situation.

“I feel bad for Kyle Seitz,” said John, a next door neighbor who wouldn’t give his last name. “I hope he can find peace because I have two children of my own and I can’t imagine having to go through that, but I guess accidents do happen.”

Police say Benjamin Seitz was left in the car for a number of hours while his dad, Kyle, was at work. When Kyle went outside to the car, he realized he forgot to take Benjamin to daycare. Police say he immediately drove to the hospital and was cooperative.

“Raising two children, I always knew they were in the back of the car but that’s just me,” said John. “I know that there are people out there who have done this before to kids that didn’t die and have gone to jail. I’m not a judge, but you know that guy is gonna have to suffer the rest of his life because he lost his little baby.”

Since Benjamin’s death, his mother has stuck by his father saying she forgives, he’s a good dad, and this type of accident can happen to anyone.

“She loves him, she’s with him, they have two other little girls,” said John.

Seitz was released on a promise to appear. He was in court Wednesday morning. News 8 is there and will bring you all the latest developments from the courtroom.

The boy’s mother has a blog dedicated to remembering her son, “The Gift of Ben.” To read from the blog, click here.

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