SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A cash-only $500,000 bond has been set for a Phoenix man accused of leaving his 1-year-old son in a hot car while he went to work.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 28-year-old Brokale Lytte Marques was arraigned Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge.
He doesn't have a lawyer yet. An Oct. 1 status conference and Oct. 3 preliminary hearing are scheduled in his case.
Marques was arrested Saturday after his son was found at a Scottsdale mall parking lot in a lethargic state.
Authorities say Marques told investigators he left the baby in a car seat because he was unable to find a sitter and was running late to work.
According to police documents, Marques told investigators he is required to work one Saturday per month and forgot he was scheduled to work.
The father told investigators he attempted to find a babysitter using Craigslist, but was unable to locate a babysitter, according to police records.
Marques said he left the vehicle running and the air conditioning on while his son was strapped in a car seat in the back of the car
At 11 a.m. Marques took his child to a local Burger King for lunch and then returned to work, decided the vehicle was "cool enough" and turned off the car, according to police records.
Marques found his son around 2 p.m. "unconscious, vomit on his chest, and head slumped over," according to police records.
He told investigators he knew his child needed medical help and attempted to find a nearby hospital before eventually grabbing the attention of a security guard to call 911.
Authorities say Marques told investigators he left the baby in a car seat because he was unable to find a sitter.
Marques told investigators he initially left the vehicle running and the air conditioning on, but later turned it off.
Scottsdale police say the child died Monday evening.