DA Says Foster Dad 'Was High' As Child Was Left in Hot Car
WICHITA, Kan. - The Sedgwick County District Attorney is alleging that a foster father was high while a baby was left in a hot car last week. She later died.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett read the allegations during a bond reduction hearing for Seth Jackson on Friday afternoon.
Bennett said that Jackson had run out of marijuana on the morning of July 24. That afternoon, he reportedly took two children to his drug dealer's house where he bought more.
When he got home, Bennett said he left the 10-month-old girl in the car, went inside and smoked marijuana. He didn't realize the child was still in the car until more than two hours later, but she was already dead.
Since he believes Jackson was high on the day she died, he supports the higher bond amount. Even with the first degree murder charge, Bennett does not feel Jackson is a flight risk.
Jackson can be free on a $50,000 surety bond.
Jackson's adopted children are now in state custody. Other children he and his partner were fostering have also been removed from the home.