Phoenix PD: Infant left in car for over an hour dies

PHOENIX - Authorities say an infant has died after he was left in a vehicle for over an hour in North Phoenix.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the incident happened at B.T.'s Sports Pub near Thunderbird and Scottsdale roads.

Thompson said the 31-year-old father went into the bar to check on business, leaving the baby in the car.

Police said the father lost track of time and when he went outside found the baby in distress.

Police said the infant was unconscious when paramedics arrived.

The 3-month-old boy was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition where he later died.

Five years ago, Dawn Peabody lost her two-year-old-daughter after her husband accidentally left her in the car.

She's now making it her mission to spread awareness to parents. She says under no circumstance should you leave your child in the car. It can be the difference between life and death. 

"Never ever, even for a second leave a child in the car. What happens is you think you're going to leave the baby in the car and you get distracted and time gets away from you. It only takes a few minutes for the Arizona heat to seriously hurt a baby," Dawn said.

B.T.'s closed early on Wednesday. A sign on the door said the pub will reopen Thursday morning.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office will determine if charges will be filed.


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