In 2014, Melbourne, Florida, a 33-year-old man named Steven D. Lillie was accused of killing his infant daughter in his pickup truck. And, on last Thursday, he was sentenced to two years of probation according to State Attorney’s office.
The incident happened according to the accused, which he had planned to drop his daughter off at her grandmother’s house before he went to his work. But, he forgot to do that and found his infant girl seven hours later that inside the same car that Lillie was driving. Lillie was charged initially, with a third-degree murder, manslaughter and leaving an infant child unattended in a motor vehicle for several hours, but Lillie only agreed to the last charge and dropped the first two charges, according to Bill Respess, Assistant State Attorney.
Due to the high temperature of 85 degrees in the month of June is the reason of the infant’s death, and she was in the pickup truck all the seven hours, according to the experts. They also said the temperature in the truck without the air conditioning being off, went on to 120 degrees within an hour, causing the infant to get heatstroke.
Lillie worked at the Fraternal Order of Police call center at that time, and was in the office the whole day until he got a call from a relative, who was asking Lillie about the whereabouts of the baby. The call makes him realize what he forgot, and suddenly run towards the car and found his the dead body of his daughter.