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DA: No charges against van driver in child's death

Gabriel Josh-Cazir Pierre died after being left in a transport van in Dorchester.
Gabriel Josh-Cazir Pierre died after being left in a transport van in Dorchester. Courtesy photo

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have decided not to criminally charge the driver of a day car transport van who left a 17-month-old boy in the hot vehicle, where he died.

Gabriel Josh-Cazir Pierre died in September 2011 after the driver, Luis Matos, inadvertently left him in the vehicle parked on a Dorchester street.

The boy was in the van for up to six hours.

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Suffolk County prosecutors had considered charging Matos with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment of a child. But prosecutors announced Monday that Matos did not exhibit ‘‘conscious disregard,’’ which would be required for such charges.

A lawyer for the boy’s mother said he disagreed with the district attorney’s decision and has sued Matos as well as the day care providers.

Matos could not be reached for comment.

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