A cop left a child in a hot car to die after killing his mistress in cold blood, New York Daily News reports Jan. 14. Maryland State Attorney, Angela Alsobrooks, said Richmond Phillips from D.C. killed his mistress and child he had with her because he didn't want to pay child support.
Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after the woman he was involved with -- Wynetta Wright, 20 -- was found dead at the park where they first met. She had been shot and was in a custody dispute with Phillips. Their infant daughter, Jaylin, was found dead in her car seat in the car. The vehicle's doors were closed and windows rolled up. She was nearing her first birthday.
The cop who allegedly left the child in hot car to die faces two counts of first-degree murder in addition to child abuse and firearms charges. Phillips' defense attorney -- Brian Denton -- told jurors that his client is innocent and the evidence is circumstantial. Prosecutors argue that the cop knew exactly what he was doing, especially with all of the news about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.
Opening statements began Monday in Prince George’s County, Md..