LEXINGTON PARK, Md. (AP) — Navy investigators say a father is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 17-month-old son after he left the boy inside a hot vehicle at a Maryland naval base for more than six hours.
At a hearing Thursday, a judge released John Junek to the custody of his parents, who live near his home in Leonardtown.
Junek showed little emotion as he said "Yes, your honor," when asked whether he understood his rights. As he left the courtroom, his gaze lingered in the direction of his family.
His attorney says Junek is devastated and grieving over the death.
Junek's attorney says the family wants Junek to live with his parents because it would have been difficult for him to return to his own home after his son's death.