No charges to be filed in N. Charleston infant death

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - No charges will be filed in the infant death in April in which a parent left his 10-month old in a car all day.

Ten-month-old Jack Duggan was declared dead Tuesday. Apr. 3 after NCPD responded to Roper West Ashley in reference to an infant child being deceased.

According to Charleston police officers, the father of the infant told them that he was supposed to drop his child off at daycare but forgot to do so.

North Charleston Police spokesperson Spencer Pryor released a statement regarding the incident.

"The death of infant Jack Duggan on April 3, 2018 is a tragedy for both the family and our community.  Due to the seriousness of the incident, the North Charleston Police Department has reviewed the case in a collaborative effort with the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office and the Charleston County Coroner's Office.  After investigating the case to include all available evidence and consulting with both the Solicitor's Office and Coroner's Office, we have all determined that this incident, however tragic, was an accident and is not reasonably prosecutable under the laws of the State of South Carolina.  Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed."

The father stated he was at work the entire day and realized once he got off that he had left the child in the car, according to Pryor.

That Tuesday evening his wife arrived at the daycare facility and was told the child was not there.  The wife immediately made contact with her husband and that's when he checked his vehicle and discovered the infant was still in the vehicle and unresponsive.   The father drove the infant to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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