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Infants Die in Arizona After Being Left in Hot Cars

02 August 2017

Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said Josiah was in the care of his father at the time of his death, police said that baby's father forgot the baby in the vehicle. Fortune said the vehicle had been elsewhere before the father drove to the church, Baby had not been in the church parking lot for hours.

Two babies have died after being left in hot cars in the same U.S. city within 24-hours of each other.

A 1-year-old boy is dead after being found in a hot vehicle in south Phoenix.

Police say this is a tragedy that could have been avoided.

Seven-month-old Zane Endress was found dead in a parked auto in Phoenix, Arizona, as temperatures soared to 38C on Friday, the Washington Post reported.

She said, she had come to the church to support the family and mentioned hearing about the other baby that had died similarly on Friday. "Everyone is cooperative", Fortune said.

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Since 1998, 729 children left in vehicles have died of heatstroke, according to, an organization that tracks the deaths of children in hot vehicles.

An infant left for about two hours in a hot auto has died - the second such death in the past two days in the city, the Phoenix Fire Department said. Even then family members said that began gathering in the church to support parents shortly after this happened.

The boy was in the care of his grandparents at the time, the Republic reported.

According to the safety organization Kids and Cars, an average of 37 children die each year in hot cars.

Last year, the organization recorded 29 heatstroke deaths of children left in cars. Both of the child's parents are cooperating with police; it's unknown if the father will face any charges.

Zettica Mitchell, who told the Arizona Republic she is a cousin of the baby's father, called the death "shocking, devastating, just sad".

Infants Die in Arizona After Being Left in Hot Cars