Toddler Dies After Being Left in Hot Car, Father Arrested

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In Arizona, a 2-year-old girl tragically lost her life after being left in a hot vehicle by her father amid searing temperatures that reached 111 degrees, local authorities reported. The incident occurred in Marana, a town near Tucson which is currently under an excessive heat warning.

Marana Police Captain Tim Brunenkant told ABC News that the father had been out running errands with his daughter and left her in the vehicle with the air conditioning on and the car running when they returned home. However, he entered the house leaving the girl in the car, and upon returning between 30 to 60 minutes later, he found the vehicle had turned off and his daughter unresponsive.

Despite immediate calls to emergency services and subsequent hospital efforts, the young girl was pronounced dead. While describing the incident as a “heat-related tragedy,” Capt. Brunenkant indicated that although no charges have been filed yet, they are not being ruled out as investigations continue.

Authorities are currently conducting interviews and searching for neighborhood surveillance footage that could provide more insights into the tragic event. According to the national nonprofit,, this heartbreaking incident marks at least the ninth such death in the country this year, with more than 1,000 children, predominantly aged three or under, having succumbed in hot cars since 1990.

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