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Toddler Dies After Forgetful Dad Leaves Her Locked In His Hot Car

Mon, May 23, 2011 8:36am EDT by 10 Comments

Lucio Petrizzi is facing manslaughter charges after he forgot to drop 22-month-old Elena at daycare and went to work, leaving her trapped in his SUV as temperatures soared to 86 degrees.

By the time he realized his mistake, Elena was unconscious and badly dehydrated. She was rushed to hospital in Ancona, Italy but failed to recover and died three days later, on May 21. Such a sad story. Should the dad be punished?

“I just don’t know what happened,” Lucio Petrizzi, a 45-year-old university lecturer, tells cops. “I was convinced I had dropped her off. I locked the car and went to work — it’s as if someone pulled the plug out of my brain.”

Lucio’s grief-stricken wife Chiarra — who’s also eight months pregnant — has urged the police not to charge her husband, insisting his mistake could happen to anyone.

She says, “He is not to blame. He is always so busy rushing here there and everywhere. He was always busy himself with me and Elena. He is not guilty of anything. He is an exemplary father.”

Can you sympathize HollyMoms? Or should he be prosecuted?

— Ian Garland

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