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Does the Death of a Child Left in a Hot Car Warrant Criminal Charges and Prison Time? Case Goes to Trial in Penndel, Pennsylvania

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A Pennsylvania day care owner is facing a criminal trial for the death of a child under her care. Last summer, a 2 year old died from hyperthermia when he was left unsupervised and unattended in a hot car by Rimma Shvartsman. Ms. Shvartsman, through her criminal defense attorney, will present a defense involving a mental infirmity because she had found out just hours before the alleged criminal acts that her thyroid cancer had returned.

Ms. Shvartsman, like all other criminal defenses, are entitled to a jury by her peers and are entitled to put on a defense. Ultimately, a judge and jury will hear all of the facts on the case. Ms. Shrartsman faces a prison term of up to 7 years if she is convicted.

Child care providers and day care providers, who are reckless and grossly negligent in their care of a child, should be subject to criminal prosecution. Each case should be judged on its own facts. You can read more about the incident and charges of this Pennsylvania case at Pennsylvania Tot Dies in Hot Car – Criminal Responsibility.