Daniel Bryant Gray pleads guilty in death of son left in hot car

PHOENIX - An Arizona man whose infant son died after being left in a parked car for several hours without air conditioning in the summertime heat has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Daniel Bryant Gray pleaded Wednesday to manslaughter and child abuse in the Aug. 28 death of 3-month-old James Gray outside a Scottsdale sports bar where he worked as a manager.

Investigators say Gray smoked marijuana with an employee shortly before realizing he left his son inside his sedan for about three hours.

Police say Gray inadvertently left the infant inside his car when he stopped off at the bar on his day off to perform duties that couldn't wait until his next shift.

He faces four to 16 years in prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 20.

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