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Infant left in hot car in Phoenix dies, second incident in two days

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PHOENIX — An infant in Phoenix has died after being left in a hot car, one day after a baby boy died under similar circumstances.

The one-year-old male Saturday was left in the car for about two hours, according to initial reports from Phoenix Fire Department.

Phoenix Police will conduct an investigation but believe it to be accidental.

The boy’s death Friday was the first hot car death in Maricopa County this summer.

The National Weather Service had the temperature in Phoenix at 99 degrees at 2:40 p.m. The high in Phoenix Friday was 101 degrees.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery told KTAR News 92.3 FM in May that he hoped to build on the success of last year’s Don’t Leave Me Behind campaign, an effort to remind parents that hot cars and their children don’t mix.

During last year’s campaign, there were no deaths in hot cars. it was the first time in years that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had recorded a summer without a single death of a child or animal in a hot car.

report earlier this year showed that Arizona had the fourth-most child vehicular heat stroke deaths in the country between 1998 and 2016.

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