A man in Alabama has been charged with the death of his 2-year-old grandson, who was allegedly left in a hot truck for seven hours on Tuesday as his grandfather drove the vehicle three times, allegedly without noticing the child in the back. William “Bill” Wiesman, 56, is accused of criminally negligent homicide and reckless manslaughter in the murder of his grandson, Ian. The latter was left alone in the truck when the weather turned hot in the late summer.
While Ian’s mother recovered from hip surgery, Wiesman claimed to be on drop-off duty. The grandfather claims he left his grandson at Kids Campus in Oneonta before 8 a.m. and did not see the boy still buckled into his front-facing car seat as he drove to work.
Wiesman returned to his pickup at around 12:45 p.m. and went home to have lunch, according to court papers reported by NBC News. He recalled playing a game on his phone while standing next to the car, then getting back in the truck and driving to his place of employment, he told the deputies.
Wiseman received a call from his daughter just before three o’clock inquiring where Ian was. When the boy’s aunt came to Kids Campus that afternoon to pick him up from daycare, she was informed that the 2-year-old was not present.
Wiesman claimed that after telling his daughter that he had dropped off Ian at the daycare, he returned to his truck and continued driving there.
The paperwork said: “Upon arrival, Ian’s aunt came out to the truck and found Ian deceased in the back-driver’s seat of Wiesman’s truck,”
According to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey, Wiesman drove the truck three more times that day but said he did not see the youngster until after he was found dead.
Casey said: “He went back to the day care thinking he had left the child there, but had been in the vehicle three times that day from the time he picked the child up until the time he returned to the day care,”
At a news conference on Wednesday, the district attorney made the arrest warrant announcements. She said: “It’s awful. My heart breaks for this family,”
According to the allegations, authorities think the child’s death was an accident. About the allegations, Casey said: “These are not intentional acts. These are negligent acts and or reckless acts,”