Scott Jones

GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that it will not be filing charges against the Gilbert father whose 3-year-old daughter died after being left in his hot pickup truck in September.

“It was the decision of the County Attorney’s Office that the evidence in this case did not support a reasonable likelihood of conviction at trial,” MCAO spokeswoman Jennifer Liewer said in a brief statement.

Police arrested Scott Jones, 37, in December on suspicion of negligent homicide. While the Gilbert Police Department said investigators have "established probable cause to arrest Scott," it did not elaborate on the evidence or why the arrest came more than three months after Charlotte's death.

The Gilbert Police Department forwarded its case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which ultimately declined to prosecute.

On Sept. 3, 2019, 3-year-old Charlotte Jones died in her father’s hot pickup truck. Investigators estimated that she was in the pickup for 2-3 hours before paramedics arrived at about noon. The temperature was approaching 100 degrees, which means it was much hotter in that truck, which had been parked in the sun in the driveway of the Jones’ home.

[RELATED: Gilbert police release 911 transcripts of parents of toddler who died in hot truck]

Jones had Charlotte with him when he took his other daughters to school that day, which was out of the family’s routine.

The same day police arrested Jones, the Maricopa County Attorney Office announced that it would not be filing charges against a Phoenix foster father in connection with another hot car death.

[RELATED: Most, but not all hot car cases prosecuted in Phoenix area]


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