Services Held For Ridgefield Toddler Who Died In Hot Car

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People arrive for the memorial service Sunday for Benjamin Jacob Seitz at the Jesse Lee Memorial Church in Ridgefield.
People arrive for the memorial service Sunday for Benjamin Jacob Seitz at the Jesse Lee Memorial Church in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Daily Voice Photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- A service was held Sunday in the Jesse Lee Memorial Church in Ridgefield to celebrate the life of Benjamin Jacob Seitz, the 15-month-old who died last week in a hot car. 

Benjamin was the son of Kyle Seitz and Lindsey Rogers-Seitz, who live in Ridgefield. He was born in Norwalk on March 28, 2013.

The Rev. William B. Pfohl, the senior pastor at Jesse Lee Memorial Church, officiated at the service.

For more information about the service, visit the website for the Jowdy Kane Funeral Home in Ridgefield. 

Benjamin died in a hot car last Monday after he "was supposed to be dropped off at a day-care facility in Ridgefield by his father," Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said last week. But "the father did not drop off his son" and went to his office at 38A Grove St. in Ridgefield with the child still in the car, Kreitz said.

It was not clear how long the toddler was in the car, he said. The father took the child directly to Danbury Hospital late Monday afternoon when he found him in the car at the end of his workday, Kreitz said.

The cause of death is still listed as pending at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police said.

"Ridgefield detectives are still conducting interviews to ascertain the exact amount of time the 15-month-old was left in the vehicle," Kreitz said in an email Wednesday.

Temperatures soared to nearly 90 degrees with high humidity in Ridgefield on the day the child died.

The State Police Western Connecticut Major Crime Squad and the state attorney’s office in Danbury are assisting in the investigation.

Read more about the incident here on Daily Voice.

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