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Ardmore Man Charged In Connection With Infant Death

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ARDMORE, OK -- Last Thursday police arrested an Ardmore man after an infant was left inside a hot car for several hours.
   
Monday he appeared in court and now faces a felony charge.

"Anytime you're talking about a child's death obviously it is very difficult," said first assistant district attorney Heather Cooper, who is assigned to the case.

Investigators say a family member was watching the infant and left him in the car around 7 in the morning Thursday, June 12.

Neighbors are still in shock.

"I don't know what to think really," said James Dachtler. "I just think it's heartbreaking. My wife was just in there crying. I mean that's just...it's hard."

The district attorney's office says evidence shows 42-year old Richard Chastain was taking care of the infant and his one year old sibling that day.

"The evidence we think will show that he knew that the infant was in the vehicle," said Cooper.

The child's father didn't want to comment on camera, but he says he wants to see justice served.
 
"We do not believe that he intended to cause this child's death," said Cooper, on Chastain's charge. "However we do believe that because of his neglect this child died."

Health educators at the Carter County Health Department say it doesn't take long for temperatures inside a car to skyrocket.

They also say infants and children overheat three to five times faster than adults.

"It only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to raise 20 degrees which is a deadly amount," said Annie Gile, a health educator at the department.

Chastain was charged with one count of first degree manslaughter

Cooper says results to see if Chastain was under the influence of alcohol or drugs are pending.

Cooper says Chastain is scheduled to appear in court again for a preliminary conference in mid-July.
      
His bond remains at $75,000.