An Alabama grandfather has been charged in the death of a toddler in a hot car, driving three times that day, prosecutors said.
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An Alabama grandfather charged in connection with the death of his son in a hot car drove back into the car three times without realizing the 2-year-old was still inside, officials said.
The arrest warrant was issued Wednesday against William “Bill” Wiesman, a day after Ian Wiesman’s death. The grandfather was charged with involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide, according to documents provided by the Blount County District Attorney’s Office.
Deputies were called to the parking lot of the Kids Campus daycare in Oneonta, about 40 miles northeast of Birmingham, and found Ian in a forward-facing car seat on the driver’s side of Wiesman’s car.
Wiesman, 56, told deputies he used to pick up the child and take him to day care while the boy’s mother was recovering from hip surgery.
He said every time he dropped Ian off, he would leave the car seat so Ian’s aunt could pick him up in the afternoon and drive him back home, the documents state. Wiesman told deputies he picked up Ian at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday and believed he dropped the baby off before going to work.
District Attorney Pamela Casey said at a news conference Wednesday that she has a forward-facing car seat that allows her to see her child in the rearview mirror.
She told reporters that Wiesman got into his car and drove three times throughout the day on Tuesday.
Around 12:45 p.m., Wiesman left work and drove home to eat, he told agents. He said he remembers standing next to the truck smoking a cigarette and playing on his cell phone before returning to work, according to the letter.
Shortly before 3 p.m., Wiesman’s daughter called and asked where her son was. According to the documents, the aunt went to pick up Ian and was informed that the child was not to be placed.
Wiesman insisted to his daughter that he took Ian to daycare and then got in his car and drove to Kids Campus.
“Upon arrival, Ian’s aunt went out to the car and found Ian dead in the back driver’s seat of Wiesman’s car,” the documents said.
Casey says Ian died of prolonged heatstroke. Temperatures reached a high of 90 degrees on Tuesday.
Casey, a mother of two, felt emotional as she discussed the case.
“It’s terrible when it happens anywhere, it’s terrible when you have to work on these cases and go home to your babies … it’s terrible. My heart breaks for this family,” she said. journalists. “This family is devastated by what happened. As a mother, I don’t think anyone will ever understand. I didn’t sleep last night, I don’t understand.”
It was unclear whether Wiesman had an attorney.
There have been at least 26 car crashes this year, according to Kids and Car Safety. Three deaths, including Ian’s, occurred across the country on Tuesday, the organization said.
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