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Grandfather Charged in Girl’s Death

August 13, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A man was charged with involuntary manslaughter Tuesday for allegedly leaving his year-old granddaughter in a broiling car for nearly eight hours while he went to work.

Prosecutors said Calvin Howell, 54, was criminally negligent when he apparently forgot to drop Sasha Fogle off at a babysitter’s home Monday and left her in the car as temperatures outside soared into the 90s.

Authorities said he worked his shift at the city sanitation department and visited a car repair shop before noticing Sasha’s slumped body. An autopsy confirmed that the child died of heat stroke.

Howell also faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment of another person. He faces a maximum jail term of 19 years if convicted on all charges.

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