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Case Number: 20003947CFMA
Judge: Dustin Stephenson
Court: Circuit Court, Pay County, Florida
Plaintiff's Attorney: Bay County District Attorney's Office
Description: Panama City, Florida criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Megan Elizabeth Dauphin, age 32, was accused of leaving her seven-week-old baby in a hot car resulting in the death of the child on September 2, 2020.
When she returned to her home on Canal Avenue in Hiland Park, she allegedly forgot to take Garner out of the truck with her.
Defendant pleaded not guilty.
Aggravated manslaughter is a first-degree felony in Florida. It is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being by culpable negligence. Culpable negligence is a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the same circumstances.
Aggravated manslaughter is a more serious crime than manslaughter, which is a second-degree felony. The difference between the two crimes is that aggravated manslaughter requires proof of culpable negligence, while manslaughter does not.
There are several aggravating factors that can make a manslaughter charge into an aggravated manslaughter charge. These factors include:
The death of a child
The death of an elderly or disabled person
The death of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician
The death that results from a DUI
The death that results from a reckless disregard for human life