Pemberton reportedly told friends she left the child in the car because he was sleeping and she didn’t want to disturb him.
“She was up front about her role with the child,” Ramey told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. “But obviously, through the investigation, it was determined that, regardless of how forthcoming she was, she was neglectful of the child.”
The punishment for second-degree murder — a new charge introduced in a law passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2014 — ranges from 10 to 30 years in prison, and there is no requirement for prosecutors to show intent. Republican state Rep. Christian Coomer of Cartersville, the sponsor, has said he crafted the statute because of discrepancies in how various law enforcement agencies were charging when children died in hot cars.
According to an online obituary, the child lived in Rossville and is survived by his parents, Shadoe Pate and Brittany Hicks, and three siblings.
Visitation will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe. A memorial service will follow.
According to the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University, which tracks such cases, Shadoe’s passing was the country’s first hot car death of 2016. In 2015, 24 children died of heatstroke after being left in cars.