A day care operator charged in the death of a little girl in his care will stand trial in December in West Virginia. The 64-year-old man was charged with neglect of a child that resulted in death. The 4-year-old girl had been locked in an unattended car on an 89-degree day. The car was parked outside of the day care he owned with his wife; the girl's mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit as a result of the girl's death.
In the suit, the girl's mother asserts that the day care owner left the child in the car on a hot day in August 2012. The vehicle's windows were rolled up and the girl was not discovered until the late afternoon hours. The child's death was officially ruled accidental, and the day care owner has pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of child neglect resulting in death.
Regardless of the cause of the girl's death, and regardless of the outcome of a criminal trial, a family has been plunged into grief at the loss of a loved one. No amount of money in the form of damages can atone for a wrongful death. However, it may be of some comfort to know that the party or parties responsible for a loved one's death are being held liable.
When an unspeakably difficult situation such as this arises, it can be of great comfort to work with a personal injury attorney who understands the importance and delicacy of such a difficult situation.
Source: The Charleston Gazette, "Trial set for day care owner in girl's death," July 31, 2013