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Trial begins in death of Pa. girl DA says was left in hot SUV

| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
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WILLIAMSPORT – A woman is on trial in central Pennsylvania in the death of a 4-year-old girl prosecutors say was left in a hot sport utility vehicle more than two years ago.

Brittany Borgess, 30, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and recklessly endangering in the July 2016 death of Samaria Motyka.

Lycoming County prosecutors said the child was left for 6½ hours in the SUV with the windows closed on a mid-July day in which the temperature in Williamsport hit 97.

Defense attorney Peter Campana questioned whether his client’s conduct rose to the level of a criminal act, calling her actions that day an “autopilot mistake.”

Prosecutors say the defendant acknowledged during police interviews that she had forgotten children in her vehicle before.

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