Charges Filed after 4 year old Died in Hot Car

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WILLIAMSPORT -- The caregiver for a 4 year-old girl who died in a hot car last month in Williamsport was charged Thursday afternoon with involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Police said Brittany Borgess left Samaria Motyka in a car for hours on a 97-degree day.

Brittany Borgess from South Williamsport couldn't hold back the tears as she was escorted out of her arraignment at a magistrate's office on West Fourth Street in Williamsport on Thursday.

Borgess is charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person and leaving an unattended child in a motor vehicle.

Police say she left 4-year-old Samaria Motyka in a locked car for several hours on July 22. The child died at a hospital. Court papers show her body temperature was 110 degrees.

According to the affidavit, Borgess' boyfriend is the father of the 4-year-old girl.

The morning of the incident, Borgess had her 2-year-old son along with Motyka in the vehicle. Borgess told police she was running late to work when she dropped off her 2 year old at day care.

Instead of dropping Samaria off at a different day care in South Williamsport, she drove straight to work and parked her car in a lot off of West Fourth Street in Williamsport.

After work around 3:30 p.m., Borgess found the girl on the floor of the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Temperatures reached about 97 degrees that day. According to court papers, the temperature inside the vehicle likely reached 120 degrees or higher.

Borgess told police she had forgotten the kids in the past and was upset that day over an upcoming bridal shower.

She's locked up in Lycoming County.


  • Keepfaith

    Ppl forget a child .. BUT NOT THERE CELL PHONE.. MMM maybe they should put there cell phone in the car seat.. WOW..

  • Hope

    “Borgess told police she had forgotten the kids in the past and was upset that day over an upcoming bridal shower.”
    Major red flags right there. My guess is, she, is not getting married any time soon. My thoughts and prayers to the victim’s parents and family. Hopefully, alarms to car seats will be designed in the future. Remember your pets this summer as, well. :)

  • Lynn

    Woooowww. How do you do that?
    Drugs? Mental disorder? Deliberately?
    …God have Mercy on her Soul.

    My prayers and thoughts with the family; especially the mother and father who brought her into this word. Only 4 years of life. What a shame.

    And please for all you parents out there protect your children from theses monsters. Today’s world just seems so bad. Please don’t leave these dear little beings with just anyone. Protect your children with your life , otherwise DO NOT HAVE THEM.

  • momof2

    These so called people leaving children in cars are not complete morons, they are deliberately killing these children and the majority are getting away with it by claiming “Oh I forgot to drop them off at daycare” you dont forget you have a baby let alone a 4 year old in your life let alone your car,
    I, have 3 carseats in my car, I know, that I may not be able able to see their entire faces in my rear view mirrors, while driving, but I can see the tops of their car seats, and I can also see in all my windows regardless of which direction I exit and move around my car, and again the car seats are always visible.
    My own children are almost 20 and 21, but I have 3 young children in my life , all in car seats (2, 6 and 7 years), and I personally talk, sing and interact with them while in the car,(even when infants) also, when the children are sleeping in their seats, I find myself glancing in the mirrors to check on them, and the 1st thing I do when I get out of my car is open the back door to unbuckle them. so I cannot fathom ever forgetting them, they are little human people, not a cell phone, or ipad or article of clothing…they are the most important aspects of our lives and maybe if these so called adults thought more about that than themselves these babies would be alive,
    The solution to this newest way to rid yourself of the burden of parenthood would be to start locking these animals up for life or better yet, tie them up, and lock them in a hot car for several hours and see how people start remembering their children.

  • John

    If that was my kid, I’d be the one in jail and the caregiver would be dead. No doubt about. This is inexcusable.

  • God's Left Fist

    Republicans only care about kids before they’re born because they want to control women. Once they’re out of the birth canal, they don’t care what happens to children. They’re cannon fodder for manufactured wars at best.


    • Dan

      The Media, which is mostly in the liberals’ hands, also don’t care either: they love tragedies cuz they make good stories, but would never post solutions, unless they are paid to do it …

    • Dylan

      But place the Chair in a hot car and let her suffer for four, five, six hours- However long it takes, and live stream it so all the other MORONS who do this can see their fate! Do that ONCE and I guarantee that these incidences will drop dramatically. HOW THE EFF DO YOU “FORGET” you have a child in the car????? How STUPID do you have to be??

      • Pam

        You don’t forget, you do it on purpose on THE hottest day of the year. Presto! No kid or baby mama to deal with anymore.

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