Phoenix infant dies in hot auto _ second such death in city

7-month-old boy found dead in hot car
Baby boy dies after being left in a hot car
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02 August, 2017

Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said Josiah was in the care of his father at the time of his death. The baby had not been in the church parking lot for hours; Fortune said the vehicle had been elsewhere before the father drove to the church.

The mother found the child, who was pronounced dead the scene, fire Capt. Larry Subervi said in a statement.

No arrests have been made in connection with that incident.

Fire officials arrived and pronounced 1-year-old Josiah Riggins dead.

Zettica Mitchell, a cousin of the baby's father, told the Arizona Republic that the death was 'shocking, devastating, just sad'.

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On Friday, 7-month-old Zane Endress died after he had been left in the northeast part of the city for four hours, Fortune said.

Every year in the Phoenix area, fire officials say, roughly 10 parents come to the stomach-clenching conclusion that they've made a fatal mistake and left a small child in a sweltering vehicle. "You feel like it's something that could happen to anybody".

The boy was in the care of his grandparents at the time, police reported. Both of the child's parents are cooperating with police; it's unknown if the father will face any charges. In Phoenix Maricopa country- the first cases of the child dying in the hot vehicle and this year there was one death in last year.

Police say this is a tragedy that could have been avoided. Police believe the family may have been returning from work, parked their vehicle, and possibly forgot the baby was still inside.


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