A cop left a child in a hot car to die after shooting his mistress dead, prosecutors have claimed in a shocking case in Washington D.C. this week.
Prosecutors have said that the D.C. police officer was involved in a paternity dispute with his mistress, which turned bitter and resulted in him shooting her dead. After that, prosecutors claim, the officer left their 11 month old daughter locked in a hot car with the windows rolled up, to die.
Prince George's County, Md., State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks offered her opening statement on Monday, stating that D.C. cop Richmond Phillips killed his mistress and then left his child in an extremely hot car without ventilation, resulting in the child's death.
Alsobrooks has said that Phillips committed these atrocities simle because he did not want to pay child support.
Phillips is currently being tried on two counts of first-degree murder, as well as on charges of child abuse and firearms violations.
The accused was arrested following the incident in June 2011. Authorities had found the body of 20 year old Wynetta Wright in a nearby park.
Their daughter, Jaylin, was about to turn one soon after, was also found dead in her car seat in a baking hot car with the windows closed and the doors locked.
However, Phillips has argued that he is innocent of all accusations and that all the evidence against him is circumstantial, according to The Associated Press.
The trial continues.
Here is a video revealing the dangers of leaving children in a hot car - something that causes numerous deaths across America every year: