Recently, a 25-year-old Florida man left his eight-month-old son alone in a trailer home without air conditioning, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. The trailer reached a temperature of 109 degrees inside, which killed the baby, who had a temperature of 105.6 degrees by the time law enforcement showed up. The man’s two-year-old daughter was rushed to the hospital, and survived. Law enforcement had arrived to assist with Child Protection services, which was performing a welfare check on the children after their mother was sent to jail on battery charges after allegedly violently injuring her mother in law. The 25-year-old father is facing aggravated child neglect, for the condition in which he left his two-year-old daughter, and aggravated manslaughter, for killing his eight-month-old son. According to Florida police, citizens must remember that Florida’s hot year-round temperatures can cause serious threats to those in confined or unventilated spaces, “especially for children, the elderly, and those with special medical concerns.” For those charged with aggravated manslaughter or child neglect or abuse, consulting with an experienced West Palm Beach attorney is a necessity.
Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child in Florida
According to Florida statute 782.07, manslaughter is defined as the killing of a human being due to culpable negligence, without legal justification such as self defense. Manslaughter is a second degree felony in Florida, and punishable by up to 15 years in prison. However, if the victim was a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person, the defendant faces aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person, disabled person, or child–all three of which are first degree felonies and punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Similarly, manslaughter of an emergency medical technician, officer, firefighter, or paramedic while that person was on duty is a first degree felony.
Common Examples of Manslaughter Offenses
- Drinking and driving (DUI) causing the death of another;
- Texting while driving and causing the death of another;
- Other forms of careless or reckless driving;
- Failure to provide supervision to a child around a swimming pool;
- Egregious safety violations at the workplace or on a premises that lead to the death of an employee or invitee;
- Getting into a fist fight and killing the other person, unintentionally; and
- A teenager, while playing with his brother, fatally shoots his brother after finding his father’s handgun. The father or the child, if a teenager or old enough, may be charged with manslaughter.
Contact an Experienced West Palm Beach Aggravated Manslaughter Attorney Today
If you have been charged with manslaughter or child neglect, it is crucial that you immediately contact a professional criminal defense attorney that will aggressively advocate for your rights. The experienced West Palm Beach manslaughter defense attorneys of the Skier Law Firm have successfully defended countless clients who were accused of manslaughter, and will work closely with you to develop a specific defense strategy that meets the needs of your given situation. We work tirelessly to ensure your freedom and truly believe that you are innocent until proven guilty.