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Trial begins in death of girl DA says was left in hot SUV

November 6, 2018

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A woman is on trial in central Pennsylvania in the death of a 4-year-old girl prosecutors say was left in a hot sport utility vehicle more than two years ago.

Thirty-year-old Brittany Borgess is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and recklessly endangering in the July 2016 death of Samaria Motyka.

Lycoming County prosecutors said the child was left for 6½ hours in the SUV with the windows closed on a mid-July day in which the temperature in Williamsport hit 97.

Defense attorney Peter Campana questioned whether his client’s conduct rose to the level of a criminal act, calling her actions that day an “autopilot mistake.”

Prosecutors say the defendant acknowledged during police interviews that she had forgotten children in her vehicle before.

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