Foster father allegedly using drugs while child died in hot car

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WICHITA, Kan. – The foster father charged with first degree felony murder in the hot car death of his 10-month-old foster daughter had bought and used marijuana the same day the baby died, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney.

According to CNN, the foster father, Seth Jackson, told police he picked up the child from a baby sitting, drove home and forgot the child was in the back seat.

Sedgewick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said, “The individual who’s charged had been consuming marijuana during the course of the day, had run out. He had taken the five-year-old to another appointment, picked up the victim, in this case from the sitter and somewhere in that process, gone to the drug dealer’s house, picked up more drugs, returned to the home and immediately began to use those drugs.”

The D.A. added it is believed that is why the baby remained in the car last Thursday for at least two-hours and died.

According to police, Jackson was in the process of adopting the girl with his partner.

The couple are the adoptive parents of two children and are foster parents to four others with ages ranging from 3 to 18 years old, he said.

Jackson’s lawyers anticipate his release within the next 24-hours.

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