PHOENIX — A Phoenix man has pleaded not guilty to murder and abuse charges
stemming from the September death of his 1-year-old son. The boy had been left
in a hot car while the father went to work.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman said Brokale Lytte Marques entered
his plea Wednesday.
Marques was arrested after his son was found at a Scottsdale mall parking lot
in a lethargic state.
Authorities said Marques told investigators he left the baby in a car seat
because he was unable to find a sitter.
Marques also told investigators he initially left the vehicle running and the
air conditioning on, but later turned it off.
The boy died later at a hospital.