Attorney of Anniston mom charged with manslaughter speaks out

Attorney of Anniston mom charged with manslaughter speaks out

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Jim Sturdivant. Source: WBRC video Jim Sturdivant. Source: WBRC video
Katherine Papke. Source: Anniston Police Department Katherine Papke. Source: Anniston Police Department
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The attorney for a mother accused of leaving her child in a hot car is speaking out about his client's case.

Katherine Papke, 35, is charged with manslaughter after authorities say she left her four-month-old son in her car Aug. 9. The young boy was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Tuesday, attorney Jim Sturdivant says this is not a situation of negligence or abuse but an unfortunate accident. Sturdivant says Papke has served her country for the past 15 years.

For some reason on Friday, he says she forgot her son in the back of her car. Sturdivant says Papke dropped off  her two daughters at school and believed she had also dropped off her son at daycare.

She reported for work with the Alabama National Guard at 8 a.m. and didn't go back to her car until 2 p.m. That's when she realized her son was still in the vehicle. Sturdivant says Papke was the one who made the call to 9-1-1.

"This was an accident it is an accident that my client will live with for the rest of her life. But it is an accident. It's not a crime. She didn't commit a crime, she is not a criminal," Sturdivant said.

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