DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — On Monday, a Dothan woman pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter in the death of her son, who died after being found unresponsive inside a hot car in 2019.
On June 28, 2019, police responded to residence in the 200 Block of Lace Drive in Dothan, where they found a 2-year-old Castiel King not breathing inside a car. The child was rushed to Southeast Health, where he later died.
Dothan police later released a statement saying, “An investigation into the circumstances of the death revealed that the child was left unattended by the parents, Robert Patrick King, 36, and Melinda Gail King, 38, and he exited the home and entered the vehicle on his own. Both parents were asleep in the home and under the influence of intoxicants. As a result of the investigation, were both charged with one count of manslaughter each and both have a $30,000 bond.”
Melinda Gail King, now 40 years old, will serve four and a half years in a state penitentiary followed by probation for reckless manslaughter.
Robert Patrick King, now 38, will go to trial later this year.