PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) –
For the second day in a row, a baby boy has been found dead in a hot car.
The 1-year-old has been identified as Josiah Riggins.
On Saturday afternoon, Phoenix firefighters were called to a church parking lot 28th Street and Broadway Road for a report of an infant left in a hot car.
According to Phoenix police, the child was first left in the hot car at another location, not the church parking lot.
Police say the boy’s father did not know the child was in the car when he drove to the church to meet the child’s mother. Police say when he looked into the back seat, the father saw the child, unresponsive. When Phoenix fire and police officials arrived, the child was pronounced dead.
Initial reports are that the child was in the vehicle about two hours.
Phoenix PD will conduct a death investigation. No arrests have been made.
Police say this is a tragedy that could have been avoided.
“Unfortunately, we hear this, that parents forgot their baby in the vehicle,” said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with the Phoenix Police Dept. “Yesterday we had another incident like this. We just ask that you take some time. Again, look inside your vehicle before you put it in drive and before you go anywhere, so you can avoid these tragedies.”
A crisis response team in responding to assist the family.
Tragically, this is the second deadly hot car incident in just two days.
On Friday, a 7-month-old boy died after being left in a hot car in north Phoenix.
That baby has been identified as Zane Endress.
The car was parked in a residential neighborhood near 44th Street and Greenway.
Phoenix police said he was in the care of his grandparents at the time. No arrests have been made. Police believe the family may have been returning from work, parked their car, and possibly forgot the baby was still inside.
It would be several hours before a family member discovered the boy and called 911.
#BREAKING: Phoenix police release name of 1-year-old boy who died after being left in a hot car today: Josiah Riggins
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