1-year-old boy found dead in hot vehicle in south Phoenix

7-month-old boy found dead in hot car

Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said Josiah was in the care of his father at the time of his death, police said that baby's father forgot the baby in the vehicle.

According to the Washington Post, the baby had been left alone at his family's home in nearby Mesa before his father drove to the Free Church God of Christ.

Authorities are investigating the hot-car deaths of two children in two days in Phoenix.

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In June, four Arkansas women were charged with manslaughter in the death of a 5-year-old boy who died after he was left inside a day care van all day, police said.

For the second time in two days, a child left alone in a hot auto has died in Phoenix, the city's Fire Department said Saturday. The baby, who has been identified as Josiah Riggins, was pronounced dead at the scene.

One day earlier, on Friday, seven-month-old Zane Endress died after being left alone in a vehicle on the northeast side of Phoenix. Public officials sound "a steady drumbeat" of warnings about hydration, hiking and leaving pets and children unattended, she said. Even then family members said that began gathering in the church to support parents shortly after this happened.

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Police said the infant had been left in the care of his grandparents.

According to the safety organization Kids and Cars, an average of 37 children die each year in hot cars.

"We hear that parents are saying they forgot their babies in their vehicles", she said. 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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