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Father charged in death of infant allegedly left in hot car

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    Christopher Stewart

    Robert Finnan


MEDINA — A Lodi man has been charged in the death of his 6-month-old daughter, whom he allegedly left in a hot car for two hours to attend a baseball game with his father.

Christopher L. Stewart was released on his own recognizance after a grand jury indicted him Tuesday on one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony.

Stewart, 22, of the 8100 block of Harris Road, is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. today in Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler’s court.

Officers responded to a call about 2:15 p.m. July 14 about an infant being left in a vehicle at Ray Mellert Park, 331 N. Huntington St., according to a news release from Medina police.

Bystanders were administrating first aid to the unresponsive infant when officers arrived, according to the release.

The infant was transported to the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The preliminary cause of death is heat-related, the release said.

Temperatures hovered around 90 degrees that day, according to the National Weather Service.

Medina police detectives conducted a forensic examination of the vehicle and interviewed Stewart, as well as witnesses who were at the scene. The findings of the investigation were turned over to the Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson.

Stewart attended the game with his father. No charges will be filed against Stewart’s father, Medina police said Wednesday.

Medina Police Chief Ed Kinney said he felt bad for the family.

“We’d prefer not to deal with cases like this,” he said.

The autopsy on the infant was done at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office in Cleveland.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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