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State lawmakers consider penalties for leaving children unattended in cars

Ridgefield Police says they will not release any more details in the case of the 15 month old left in a hot car for an extended period of time Monday until a cause of death has been determined for Benjamin Seitz.  The Chief Medical Examiner's office says it could be six to eight weeks before their ruling.

 

The spate of seven children left in cars in two weeks in Connecticut has state lawmakers considering whether stiffer penalties are needed.  Wilton State Senator Toni Boucher says their hearts go out to these families because it's a devastating situation, but she says something may need to be done.  

 

Children's Committee co-chair Senator Dante Bartelemeo says they've asked researchers for a report on the penalties for leaving children in cars in other states.

 

Right now in Connecticut, leaving a child under the age of 12 unattended in a vehicle can lead to up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.