nk: This is textbook “involuntary manslaughter” under PA law, if the DA decides that it’s worth charging: […] when as a direct result of the doing […] of a lawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, he causes the death of another person.
Since the deceased was in his care and under 12, it’s a second degree felony, which seems about right – after all, honestly, it’s not like anything the State can do is going to be worse punishment than he’s going to put himself through.
This guy’s an idiot, not a monster, as far as can be told.
What good would hanging him do?
Punish him? He’ll do that for himself, and in any case there seems to have been no deliberate act worthy of killing in punishment.
Prevent someone else from doing this? No more than thinking about the dead kid would.
The death penalty only acts as a deterrent against intentional acts, or maybe might deter complete sociopaths from being reckless with someone else’s life.
And as a retributive act, it’s completely pointless here.
I’m frankly inclined to side with the DA and not even be sure charges should be filed … I can’t see what public good (or even private) they’d do.