SAN JOSE – A 24-year-old man pleaded innocent Friday to involuntary manslaughter and child neglect charges brought against him after he left his infant son for three hours in a hot car, where the baby died.
Brian Gilbert, 24, could face up to six years in prison if convicted in the death of his 5-month-old son, Kyle. He told police he simply forgot the boy was in the car while he was visiting relatives in San Jose on July 24.
The temperature was in the 80s, but it was much hotter in the car with the windows up.
Police said the relatives apparently believed Kyle was with his mother at the time, and never asked about the boy. Gilbert spent the afternoon watching cartoon videos with his brother-in-law before coming out of the house and finding Kyle dead in the car, investigators said.
Gilbert remains free on $50,000 bail.