Allarousse told the court on Thursday that his son's death in July was punishment in itself.
He had meant to leave the boy with a friend. But he instead drove to work, parked his car and left the boy inside. His lawyer said Allarousse witnessed a traffic accident driving to work that shook him and caused him to forget his son.
A passer-by later spotted the boy and called an ambulance but it was too late. An autopsy showed he died of heat and sunstroke.
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