GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A 3-year-old girl is dead after she was left in a car for two to three hours Tuesday, the Gilbert Police Department said Tuesday.

Emergency responders were called to a neighborhood northwest of Elliot and Higley roads, just south of the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, shortly after noon.

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The Arizona's Family news chopper was over the scene.

While the mother was at work, the father was watching the 3-year-old.

"He accidentally left her in his vehicle after dropping the other two girls off at school," said Judy Rott, the neighbor who lives across the street.

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She said when the father realized his daughter was in the pickup truck, the neighborhood quickly jumped in to help.

"Our neighbor was sitting on the back porch and heard him scream. She ran over, tried to give CPR because he had pulled her out of the car, taken her into the house. She got the neighbor across the street who's a nurse. They both tried to revive her before paramedics got here but it didn’t work," said Rott.

Police said the girl died at the hospital.

Rott said she knows people can be critical but says the family is kind and loving and neighbors will be there for them through this tragedy.

[WATCH: First report on 3TV]

"The whole neighborhood is saying prayers for them. Our hearts go out to them and we’re there if they need us for anything,” said Rott.

Police said it'll take some time to do a thorough investigation to determine whether there will be any charges or arrests made.

[WATCH: Neighbors heard the girl's dad screaming]

The temperature at noon, when first responders were called out, was approaching 100 degrees, according to Arizona's Weather Authority. By that time, the toddler had been in the car for two to three hours.

When the outdoor temperature is 95 degrees, the inside of a vehicle can heat up to 115 degrees in 10 minutes, 130 degrees in 30 minutes, and 138 degrees in an hour.

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The Gilbert Police Department offered some "preventative measures" for anyone who drives a child around.

• Always check the back seat and make sure all children are out of the car before locking it and walking away.

• Avoid distractions while driving, especially cell phone usage.

• Be extra alert when there is a change in your routine, like when someone else is driving your child or you take a different route to work or to child care.

• Have your child care provider call if your child is more than 10 minutes late.

• Put your cell phone, bag, purse or some other item in the back seat, so you check your back seat when you arrive at your destination.

Arizona's Family will update this story as information develops.


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"The whole neighborhood is saying prayers for them. Our hearts go out to them and we’re there if they need us for anything.” 


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