Acquittal in Child Death Case in Lycoming County

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The caregiver of a 4-year-old girl who died in a hot car in Williamsport has been found not guilty of the most serious charges against her.

Brittany Borgess of South Williamsport was charged in 2016. Williamsport police say Borgess left Samaria Motyka in a car for several hours on a 97-degree day in July of 2016.

Borgess was acquitted last week of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment, and reckless endangerment.

She was found guilty of leaving a child unattended in a car and must pay a $25 fine.

Investigators say Borgess forgot to drop the child off at day care and found the little girl in her car several hours later.

23 comments

  • Emma Russo

    I had to read the article that Borges got off with a slap on the wrist in the death of a 4 year old girl who died due to being left in a car for hours in 97° car. First of all “WHAT WE’RE THOSES ON THE JURY THINKING ABOUT? WHAT DID THEY ACTUALLY SEE @ HEAR DURING THIS TRIAL THAT PROMPTED THEM TO REACH “SUCH A OUTRAGES, RIDICULOUSLY STUPID,UNFORGIVING VERDICT”. This little girl was MURDERED!! NOT ONLY WILL THIS GIRLS PARENTS NEVER GET OVER HER DEATH,BUT THEY ALONG WITH OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS,FRIENDS @ ANYONE READING THIS STORY WINATIONWIDE WILL ALWAYS PRAY SAYING INJUSTICE IN THE 3RD DEGREE.

    • straubdavid9

      Not going to make that leap, but will say that I am somewhat baffled by the outcome (because I have zero facts in the matter). Could it be that she did just forget? Is that possible? Seems so ….. since it happened. I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more, given the stress and speed at which people are negotiating their lives these days …… Imagine getting out of work etc and thinking you gotta get to daycare to pick up your child, or someone else’s, and it dawns on you ….. OMG …… the kid is still in the car! Because it is a child we are talking about here and not a gallon of ice cream, it is VERY hard to dial down the emotions. I don’t know what to think of all this, but I did think the same as you at one point when thoughts were racing through my mind. I need to know the whole story to figure this one out ….. it’s a dilemma for sure.

  • Colin Alcarz

    The automobile manufactureres and engineers are the ones that should be in prison for this, they could easily turn your venting system into something that continually brings fresh air in and sends it out when the car isn’t running with only the slightest modification and a cheap battery. The automotive industry and the lawyers and judges that legalize their useless machines of anti-transport are evil and they are responsible for every death on the road and in their horribly engineered machines and highways just like everybody else.

  • Sue Phillips

    I want to know HOW she remembered to drop of other children at 1 daycare and “FORGOT” the other child???? I will never understand how people can “forget” they have children with them… never.

  • Corey Lefever

    Im terrified for young kids today what is this world gonna be like when there adults… the scum bags pretty much say that little girl was only worth 25.00 thats some horsesh*t poor innocent child

  • Regina Karczewski

    Why was National news more attentive then local? This had been a continueing story across the state and yet our local news was the last to report….

    • Daryl Fisher

      No jail time, no probation, no supervision of her OWN child, no comm. service. She’ll probably start a GoFundMe page for the 25 bucks.

  • Daryl Fisher

    I’m godsmaked! It’s like saying this child’s life was worth as much as a carry out order of Popey’s chicken.

  • George Lamprinos

    Oooooo my comment is awaiting moderation! I must have hit a nerve when I mentioned this trial ended Friday yet WNEP finally reported on it Monday.

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