On a June day two years ago, a Collin County father left his baby daughter alone in a hot car for hours. She died.
Was it a crime or a tragic accident? That's the question now facing Collin County jurors in the trial of Michael Thedford, 35, who is charged with three felonies in connection with the death of 6-month-old Fern.
Such a trial is unusual. Dozens of of children die each year after being left in a hot car, and it's uncommon for their caregivers to face criminal charges.