RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Police in Wichita, Kansas said that it was a scene of a child crying in the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" that caused a man to realize that he had left a 10-month-old girl inside a hot car while he and his partner smoked marijuana and watched television.
29-year-old Seth Jackson has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of the child in Wichita. No charges have been filed against Jackson's partner, who remains unnamed.
According to police, the girl had been inside the car with the windows up for over two hours as outside temperatures hovered around 90 degrees.
An autopsy shows that the girl had died of hyperthermia due to expose to the summer heat.
A police affidavit said that Jackson's partner told police that Jackson had called that day to tell him that he would be picking up the 10-month-old girl from the baby sitter after taking their adopted child, aged 5, to a doctor's appointment.
Police said that once Jackson got home, he locked the car door and headed inside with a pizza and the five-year-old.
Jackson's partner also told police that he and Jackson watched an episode and a half of "Game of Thrones" and smoked marijuana that Jackson picked up that day. The partner went on to say that Jackson realized the child was in the car after hearing a child cry on the TV show.
Both rushed outside and hurried to get the child out of the car.
According to investigators, Jackson's partner said her body was hot and stiff as they carried her into the house. As he called 911, Jackson allegedly was attempting to perform CPR but could not open the child's mouth.
Once officers arrived, they found Jackson still on the phone and repeatedly stating, "I left her in the car, she's dead, she's dead," the affidavit read.
Firefighters moved the girl and attempted further to revive her but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said that the first-degree murder charge against Jackson is warranted because the child was killed during the commission of a dangerous felony, aggravated endangering of a child.
In addition to the 10-month-old girl, who they were trying to adopt, Jackson and his partner had five children in their car at the time, three foster children, aged 3, 5, and 18, and two adopted children, aged 5 and 7.
Police reported that the two younger children were visiting other relatives at the time of the 10-month-old's death.
This case is another in a string of recent incidents of children being left inside hot cars during the summer. San Francisco State University reports that the total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars this year has eclipsed 20, with over 600 children having died since 1998.