These charges were filed Friday by State’s Attorney Phil Archer’s office. Lillie was originally arrested and booked on aggravated manslaughter. Third degree murder does not need proof of intent, but it does require proof that it was done during the commission of another felony. The other felony will be leaving a child under the age of six unsupervised in a motor vehicle.
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Anna Marie Lillie was supposed to be dropped off at her grandmother’s by her father. The nine month old had been forgotten. Steven Darnell Lillie became aware of his mistake only after a relative called him to find Anna Marie later in the afternoon. Lillie called 911 and said he had “absolutely forgot about her.”
“He’s been cooperative the whole time, and he handled the arrest as well as it could be handled. He was emotional,” said Lt. Donna Seyferth, a spokeswoman for the Rockledge Police Department. “We investigated the case and applied the most appropriate charges. And we did step back and allow the family a chance to grieve, but it’s a fine line to walk, and ultimately, you had a child die. The rest will be up to a jury.”
An unnamed coworker told police that Lillie knew that his daughter was in the back seat asleep. He was supposed to unlock a door at work, drop someone off and the drop Anna Marie off. The door was unlocked, according to the coworker, so Lillie started working. The coworker’s statement, along with comments from Lillie, could be the reason for upgraded charges.
Lillie’s attorney, Jennifer Mostert, issued a statement on behalf of Lillie, which read,
‘Mr. Lillie and his family are disappointed that the State has elected to file formal charges against him for the accidental death of his daughter Anna on June 16th, 2014. This family has suffered an inconceivable loss, compounded by his almost immediate arrest and now by the filing of formal charges.’
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