Man convicted over death of son in hot car

December 12, 2008 12:54:21 PM PST
A man whose son died of heat and sunstroke after he left the 2-year-old in a sunbaked car in summer has been convicted of manslaughter in France. The court in Vienne in southeastern France has given Eric Allarousse a suspended eight-month prison sentence.

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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