A one year old child has reportedly died after being left in a hot car for several hours in Phoenix. The child, a boy of one year, was initially erroneously identified as a girl, but officials said that the child was a boy.
It was the second incident of the kind in as many days. There is no denying that hot car deaths in United States have become rather common in the recent years. Almost every few days we have such incidents being reported from one place or the other.
Phoenix police and fire department officials reportedly received calls at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday to the Church of God in Christ near 27th Street and Broadway Road after witnesses called 911.
The child was identified as 1-year-old Josiah Riggins. He was pronounced dead on the spot. Police have said that they believe the father of the child forgot him in the car.
Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune told the media that the child was in the care of his father at the time of his death.”Our initial investigation is saying that the father forgot the baby was in the car…The child was unresponsive and had been left in the vehicle for several hours”, Fortune said.
The police official said that the department doesn’t know where the car had been or why it had ended up at the church. “Everyone is cooperative…It’s the death of a child. It’s a tragedy”, said the police officer.
Merely a day ago, another child Zane Endress reportedly died after being left in a car in northeast Phoenix for about four hours. Reports suggest that the child was with their grandparents when it happened.
Police official said that parents need to check their backseats for their children. “We hear that parents are saying they forgot their babies in their vehicles…Take some time, again, to look inside your vehicle … to just avoid these tragedies”, said she.