Remembering boy who died in hot car

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX - A south Phoenix pastor is speaking about the loss of one of his church's youngest congregation members.

Longtime pastor Kelvin Hines Sr. of Abundant Life World Ministries says both mothers are reeling from the tragedy after a 3-year-old was left in a hot car for hours.

"We offer our deepest, deepest condolences in regards to the passing of little 3-year-old Hayden Nelson," said Hines Sr.

The little boy loved going to church and was always happy and smiling, according to a memorial page created for him. Nelson was supposed to join his mom for choir practice on Saturday at the church.

Sadly, a family friend who drive him there, forgot he was in the car until three hours later.

"This was an unfortunate accident, an accident we wish didn't happen," Hines Sr. said.

He read a short prepared statement and asked everyone to pray for both families.

Phoenix police say the 27-year-old family friend admitted to forgetting about the boy because she was runnning late.

It wasn't until after choir practice they noticed the little boy was missing.

"Everyone at the church begins to look for the baby," said Phoenix Police spokesman Officer James Holmes. "The 27-year-old goes and searches and checks the parking lot and she realizes that the baby is still in the child seat in the back of the car," he said.

Nelson was rushed to the hospital where he died 24 hours later.

A little boy with an infectious smile who, according to the online memorial fund, "danced his way to the high heavens."

So far no charges have been filed. The Maricopa County Prosecutors Office is reviewing the case.

If you'd like to help the family, visit and search for Hayden Nelson.