Phoenix PD: Baby dies after being left in car

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A 3-month-old baby boy has died after being found in a hot car Wednesday, according to police.

The car was parked behind B.T.'s Sports Pub at Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads.

People on the scene said the child's 32-year-old father works in the kitchen at the bar and he forgot that the child was in the car.

The father had apparently planned to just stop in the bar for few minutes to check on some business and lost track of time. He was very distraught after learning about what happened.

"It appears that the father had just stopped for a few moments to check on the business and somehow forgot that the 3-month-old was in the car and then came out and found the child in distress," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department.

The child was in the car for more than one hour, according to Sgt. Thompson.

"I didn't expect that when I came into work today," said Kelly Althouse, an employee at the bar. "To have to go through that and it's just heart wrenching for me to see."

Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department and officers from the Phoenix Police Department responded when the situation was reported at 11:50 a.m.

The baby was rushed to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea in extremely critical condition and was later pronounced dead.

"Seemed like a wonderful dad," said Althouse. "He loved his boy."

"Our investigators from the Violent Crimes Bureau are on scene. We're in the early stages of this investigation," said Sgt. Thompson.

Regardless of the results in the investigation, Sgt. Thompson reminds the public that children left in cars on hot days can be a recipe for disaster.

"In just a matter of moments it can get well over 100 degrees. You can imagine that can be very very difficult for a 3-month-old baby to be able to withstand," explained Sgt. Thompson.

The address for the location of this incident is Scottsdale but it is within the jurisdiction of Phoenix for emergency response