Ridgefield father pleads guilty under Alford Doctrine in son’s hot car death

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) — Kyle Seitz, whose 15-month-old son Benjamin died after being left in a hot car last July, has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

Seitz pleaded guilty to the charge under the Alford Doctrine. According to the Connecticut Judicial Branch, the Alford Plea means Seitz does not admit guilt, but realizes the prosecution has enough evidence against him to get a conviction. A guilty finding is made on the record.

The father was supposed to drop his son off at daycare, but did not, leaving his son in the back seat while he was at work.

Seitz is scheduled to be sentenced in Danbury Superior Court April 9.

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