Man pleads not guilty in daughter’s heat-related death

Michael Thigpen accused in heat-related death of 5-year old daughter.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky man has pleaded not guilty in the heat-related death of his 5-month-old daughter.

The Daily News reports that 32-year-old Michael Anthony Thigpen appeared Thursday in Logan Circuit Court to answer to charges of manslaughter, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and failure to report child neglect-abuse. A public defender appointed by a judge entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

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Deputies arrested Thigpen in September after investigating the June 10 death of his daughter. Sheriff’s detective Charles Dauley testified during a hearing in October that Thigpen told police he left the girl and her two siblings in a van and fell asleep in their home. Dauley said Thigpen awoke several hours later, brought the children in, put cold rags on them and gave them Pedialyte through a syringe.

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