Man convicted in death of father, 85

Associated Press / November 21, 2009

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. - A New York state man has been convicted of reckless endangerment after leaving his 85-year-old father in a car on a hot day and finding him dead three hours later.

Theodore Pressman of Beacon was found guilty yesterday in Peekskill City Court. The 49-year-old Pressman, a bus driver, was his parents’ caretaker and often left them in restaurants while he worked. On July 7, 2008, he took them to work with him in Peekskill and left them in the car in a parking lot. The windows were closed and the doors unlocked.

When Pressman checked on them later, his mother was outside, disoriented, and his father, Joseph Pressman, was dead inside. The outside temperature had reached 82 degrees. Police estimated it was 120 inside.

Sentencing is scheduled for March.