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Toddler's Death In Parking Lot Ruled Homicide

The death of Benjamin Seitz, a 15-month-old Ridgefield boy, has been ruled a homicide.
The death of Benjamin Seitz, a 15-month-old Ridgefield boy, has been ruled a homicide. Photo Credit: Gift of Ben website

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- In a case that has drawn attention from throughout the area, the medical examiner’s office has ruled the death of a Ridgefield baby a homicide, according to a report on NBCConnecticut.com.

Benjamin Seitz, who was 15 months old, died on July 7 to hyperthermia because of environmental exposure, but further details would not be released, according to the medical examiner.

Seitz’s father, Kyle, left the boy in the car when he went to work, officials said. Seitz was supposed to drop his child off at daycare before reporting to work at Owl Computing Technologies on Grove Street. Temperatures reached 88 degrees on the day the boy died.

Lindsay Rogers-Seitz, the boy’s mother, said Kyle drove to the daycare center to pick up their son. When he asked workers if his wife picked up the boy, Kyle was told she had not. He returned to his car, found the boy and rushed to Danbury Hospital.

No charges have yet been filed against Kyle Seitz.

Rogers-Seitz has said she has forgiven her husband. She created a blog, The Gift of Ben , to help raise awareness for hyperthermia.