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Charge Refiled in Hot Car Death

September 20, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A man was charged with manslaughter for a second time Thursday for leaving his 20-month-old grandaughter in a hot car while he went to work.

The initial charges against Calvin Howell were dismissed because the judge said he didn’t believe Howell knew Sasha Fogle was in the car and her death was accidental.

District Attorney Lynne Abraham said she refiled the charges because she thought Howell was grossly negligent.

Howell, 54, was arraigned and released on his own recognizance, Abraham’s office said.

On Aug. 12, Howell forgot to drop off Sasha at day care, accidentally leaving her in the hot car until he realized she was there hours later. An autopsy showed she died from heat stroke.

Howell’s attorney, Joseph C. Santaguida, has said he doesn’t think his client was criminally negligent.

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