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Kansas Foster Dad Seth Jackson Sentenced to 32 Months in Hot-Car Death

Jackson, 29, pleaded guilty for leaving his 10-month-old foster daughter in a hot car last July. The Wichita man left her alone for 2-1/2 hours.
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The Kansas man who said he forgot about his 10-month-old foster daughter as she sat helplessly in a hot car last July — leading to her death — was sentenced Friday to 32 months in prison. A Sedgwick County judge also ordered Seth Jackson, 29, to two years of supervision following his release, NBC affiliate KSN reported. An emotional Jackson begged for no prison time, telling a packed courtroom that he is "not a monster."

"Your honor, I'm a broken man, pleading here for my life," said Jackson, adding that he is attending therapy.

Defense lawyers earlier argued that Jackson deserved probation in the death of Kadillak Poe-Jones, whom he hoped to adopt along with her siblings. Prosecutors, however, said it was Jackson's fault that "everything she could ever be is gone." Jackson and his partner had been smoking pot and watching "Game of Thrones" in their Wichita home when, after 2-1/2 hours, they remembered the infant was still strapped inside the car on a 90-degree day.

The judge said that while Jackson may not have intentionally abandoned Kadillak, it was not an accident. Jackson wiped away tears as the judge imposed his sentence Friday. His lawyers have 14 days to appeal.



— Erik Ortiz