ROCKLEDGE, Fla. —A father accused of leaving a 9-month-old baby inside a hot truck for several hours in Rockledge has been charged with third-degree murder.
The baby's father, Steve Lillie, discovered the child in the back of his locked truck in June, and police said the child had been locked in the truck for at least a couple of hours.
According to authorities, Lillie told them he left for work and was going to take the baby to a caregiver, but something happened during his normal routine and he forgot that he had not already dropped the baby off.
"She's been in the car for hours. I absolutely forgot about her. She's not alive," Lillie told a 911 dispatcher.
Lillie already faced a manslaughter charge and a charge of leaving a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle.