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Police identify Ridgefield child that died after being left alone in car


Police have identified the 15-month-old boy who died after being left unattended in a motor vehicle that was parked at his father's place of work on a hot summer day.

Benjamin Seitz was supposed to be dropped off at a daycare facility in Ridgefield on Monday morning, but the toddler never made it to the daycare.

Benjamin was left alone in a car at 38A Grove St. in Ridgefield for an "extended period of time." Police said that the father found Benjamin inside the car after work. The exact length of time is unknown.

Police said they were notified by staff at Danbury Hospital at 6 p.m. after the unidentified father drove the child there.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not determined the infant's cause of death and the cause is listed as pending, police said.

No 911 calls were made to police by the father. Police would not say whether the father will be facing charges. Though the father's name was not released, police said the family resides in Ridgefield.

Eyewitness News visited the medical office building and stopped by the father's place of employment, which is Owl Computing Technologies, Inc. Officals at Owl Computing Technologies, Inc. had no comment.

"I don't understand how a parent could not know their child is in the back seat of their car," said Kathy Osowski, of Ridgfield.

Officials from the Department of Children and Family said they have opened a case on the incident based on information provided by police. They also said they had no prior involvement with the family.

The State Police Western District Major Crime Unit and the Danbury State's Attorney's Office are assisting the Ridgefield Police Department with the case.

Within the last month, six Connecticut caretakers have been charged with leaving children in unattended vehicles.

On Tuesday, three cases of children being left in hot cars were reported.

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