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Sunday, September 9, 2007

CrimProf Dennis Turner Discusses Forgetfulness vs. Recklessness

TurnerFrom  University of Dayton CrimProf Dennis Turner comments on the Ohio Prosecutor's decision not to bring charges against an assistant principal who forgot her sleeping two-year old daughter in the car after changing her routine and stopping for doughnuts.  The daughter was discovered dead from heat stroke eight hours later in the vehicle.

CrimProf Dennis Turner said Ohio's law is very clear: Charges of child endangerment require an act of recklessness, which requires an intentional act of putting the child's life at risk. "It appears from all the facts that she simply forgot, which does not meet the standard for recklessness," Turner said. "Prosecutor Don White knew that he had to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that she acted recklessly." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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