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Prosecutors have charged a Wichita man whose 10-month-old foster daughter died after she was left in a hot car outside her home with one count of first-degree felony murder.
Seth Michael Jackson, 29, appeared calm as he listened to Sedgwick County District Judge Joe Kisner advise him of the charge during his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon. The count alleges the girl’s death occurred within the commission of an inherently dangerous felony, according to the criminal complaint filed against him. The underlying crime alleged is aggravated endangerment of a child. The endangerment allegation means recklessly causing or permitting a child to be in a situation where his or her life is in danger, District Attorney Marc Bennett said.
Bennett’s office also filed an alternative charge of second-degree reckless murder. That count alleges Jackson unintentionally killed the girl “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
A 19-year-old detention deputy at the Sedgwick County Jail was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wal-Mart, 10600 W. 21st St.
Wichita police issued a notice to appear in court for charges of petit theft. Sheriff Jeff Easter said Wednesday the approximate value of the “variety of items” was $232.
The deputy had been employed at the jail for less than a year, and as of Wednesday morning was not employed anymore, Easter said.
A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal possession of a firearm after an apparent accidental shooting in which a 3-year-old Wichita boy died on Tuesday night, police said.
Jahmez Hunt, 3, had retrieved the gun from cabinets above the refrigerator at their home at 525 E. Lincoln just before 5 p.m. Tuesday when he accidentally shot himself in the chest, Lt. Jeff Gilmore said.
Jahmez died a short time later while undergoing surgery at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Gilmore said.
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