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No Charges For Dad Who Left Baby In Hot Car

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DOLGEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- Prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges against a central New York man whose 15-month-old daughter died in June after being left inside a vehicle for nearly seven hours.

Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter tells the Observer-Dispatch of Utica ( http://bit.ly/1vGZGbH ) that "simply forgetting" isn't enough for prosecutors to file criminally negligent homicide charges.

Police say 33-year-old Alan Lyon of Dolgeville (DAHLJ'-vihl) was supposed to drop off daughter Sophia Lea Marie at a baby sitter's on June 4. He forgot her in the car after getting ready for work and leaving in a different vehicle around 8 a.m.

The girl was discovered by another family member around 2:30 p.m. as temperatures reached the 70s.

An autopsy determined the girl died from hyperthermia and dehydration.

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