Connecticut father spared prison time in death of toddler son left in car on hot summer day

A Connecticut man whose young son died after he left him inside a car on a hot day last summer has been spared prison time.

Kyle Seitz (SITES) of Ridgefield received a conditional discharge at his sentencing Thursday in Danbury Superior Court.

Authorities say Seitz forgot to take his 15-month-old son, Benjamin, to day care on July 7 and left him in the car for seven hours while he went to work. Temperatures that day hit the upper 80s.

Seitz pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide under an Alford plea, in which he didn't admit guilt but agreed the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him at trial. He had been facing up to a year in prison.

Seitz, who has two other children, has been free on bail.