Father’s charge reduced in hot car death of child

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GRENADA, Miss. (WJTV) – The man who once faced a murder charge in the death of his eighth–month-old daughter will have that charge reduced.

According to Joshua Blunt’s attorney, Carlos Moore, the charge will be reduced Tuesday morning during the initial appearance to culpable negligence.

Culpable negligence carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

For second degree murder, Blunt’s original charge, the maximum is life in prison.

“He loves his daughter. He adored her and would have done anything to have her here with us today,” said Moore.

Mississippi Attorney Carlos Moore says he’s fighting for a man that he believes is innocent. A man that Moore says made an honest, but deadly mistake.

“Everyone is devastated. No one wanted this to happen. She was the only child of Mr. Blunt and the mother of the child,” said Moore.

Moore says he didn’t believe the murder charge fit the crime, saying it could happen to anyone.

He even shared a story on Facebook explaining that he had done the same thing two years ago, luckily remembering his daughter was in the backseat, and she was fine.

Blunt told investigators he was supposed to take 8-month-old Shania to her grandparent’s home, but he went to work instead, forgetting his daughter was in the back seat.

“He was arrested almost immediately. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital. They arrested my client the father, my client. That is simply not enough time to do a thorough investigation,” said Moore.

The case is very close to another in Madison County.

A Brandon woman told police she forgot her baby girl, two-year-old Caroline Bryant in the backseat of a hot car.

Her daughter also died, however, she was not charged.

“The white mother, her face was not ever shown. I didn’t learn her name until this weekend after my guy’s incident. I had never heard her name, had never seen her photo. That’s how the justice system does a lot of the times for white individuals. They protect them at all extents. As soon as this happened, my guy was arrested; his mugshot was all over the news, all over the country,” said Moore.

Once again, Blunt’s attorney says the district attorney has decided to reduce the original charge of second-degree murder to culpable negligence, which carries a maximum of one year in prison.

Blunt’s initial court appearance is Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

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