Protestors Seek “Justice For Samaria” in Lycoming County


WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – A Lycoming County woman has been acquitted in the death of a four year old child.

The little girl died after she was left in a car for hours and suffered a heat related death.

Now, people who don’t agree with the jury’s decision…and the punishment are speaking up.

“It’s so backwards. It’s just so backwards. Just everything,” said Chrystal Hinston.

12 jury members found 30 year old Brittany Borgess of Duboistown innocent of involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering, earlier this month.

Borgess was charged after leaving her fiance’s four year old child, Samaria Motyka, in the backseat of her car for nearly six and a half hours…on a hot summer day in 2016.
When the toddler was found..she was already unresponsive.

“I don’t see how you could back your car into a parking stall and not see a four year old and we’re not talking about a little baby sleeping..a four year old child in the back of a car,” said Tim Kieffer.

Borgess was found guilty of leaving a child unattended in a car and was given a twenty five dollar fine.

Protestors outside of the courthouse say this is injustice.

“A life’s worth more than 25 dollars,” said Bionca Cardona.

“To me that’s sickening. it’s extremely sickening,” said William Matthews.

“There has to be a larger penalty for leaving a child in a car. 100 dollars for a dog..25 dollars for a child?” asked Shoneez Freelin.

Community members tell us they decided to follow the trial because it hits close to home, having children of their own.

“My three year old talks and talks and talks and talks. There is no way she forgot that child. If it was me, I’d be the one in handcuffs on trial…cause no. Nope,” said Hinston.

“If that would have happened to me and they would have said not guilty…you would have had to take me out in handcuffs,” said Kieffer.

Nearly 50 children died from sitting in hot cars in 2018…that’s according to the Weather Channel.

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