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Marsing man who left baby in hot car gets 3 1/2 years in prison

Haven Hackworth was sentenced for the felony crime of involuntary manslaughter.

The 25-year-old Marsing man, who police say, left a five-month-old baby in the back seat of a hot car resulting in a death, has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

The Canyon County Prosecutor, announced Monday that Haven Hackworth was sentenced for the felony crime of involuntary manslaughter. Judge Southworth sentenced Hackworth to a year-and-a-half fixed, followed by two years indeterminate, for a total unified sentence of 3 ½ years in prison. Judge Southworth suspended the prison sentence in lieu of three years of felony probation and nine months in county jail. Judge Southworth also ordered Hackworth to pay a $5,000 civil penalty along with $1,889 in restitution.

According to police, Hackworth went to a car dealership in May to purchase a new car and took the baby with him. While Hackworth went inside the dealership, he forgot about the baby and left her in the back seat for several hours. At one point, Hackworth returned to the car to get a vape pen and still didn't realize the baby was still inside. Several text messages were sent to the mother of the baby through the day and Hackworth also didn't remember the baby was in the car.

Police say when Hackworth left the dealership in a new car, he remembered the baby was left behind and called the salesman and asked him to check on the baby. That's when the salesman found the baby in the back seat and told investigators she was stiff to the touch. When the baby arrived at the hospital, she was pronounced dead due to hyperthermia. Her core temperature was over 106 degrees.

During sentencing, Judge Southworth stated, “Nothing I do can bring her back. Only hope of what I do is to reinforce to others with young children out there that they have a real obligation to care for and love those children and ensure their safety. Mr. Hackworth violated that obligation and it had tragic consequences.”

“This was a difficult case for everyone involved, but I’m hopeful it can serve as a reminder to parents everywhere about the dangers of leaving young children in cars, especially as we approach the summer months where temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor.

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