|Tamara and Phil Seidle and Marshawn Love (center)|
A police officer was punished after he removed a girl from a crime scene.
Captain Marshawn Love of New Jersey, was dispatched to the scene of a car accident.
When he arrived, he learned that off-duty police officer Phil Seidle, 51, ran his ex-wife off the road while his young daughter was a passenger in his car.
Phil then used his service weapon to shoot and kill Tamara Seidle, 51, in front of their 7-year-old daughter. Captain Love decided to remove the child from the scene and he drove her to the police station.
However, Love was accused of being incompetent and negligent for leaving the scene instead of taking command as the senior officer.
Love said that he was not the commanding officer at the time, but Asbury Park city manager Michael Capabianco upheld the charges of incompetency, neglect of duty and three other counts against him.
Love was punished by being demoted to sergeant and he was also suspended for 120 days.
Phil Seidle was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and child endangerment rather than murder.
This deal helped him avoid a life sentence. Two of his children asked the judge to hand down the maximum sentence because he took their mother from them.
Witnesses at the crime scene said that Phil was screaming at his former wife about being tired of paying alimony while having limited access to the children.
The couple had nine children, ranging in age from 7 to 24, and their divorce was finalized one month before the murder.