ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix mother charged with abuse in toddler daughter’s death

Aug 31, 2020, 9:30 AM
(MCSO Photo)...
(MCSO Photo)
(MCSO Photo)

PHOENIX – Police in Phoenix said Monday they have charged the mother of a 3-year-old girl who was found dead in the family car with child abuse.

Tianna Jones had called officers to an apartment near Interstate 17 and Thunderbird Road around 4:30 p.m. Sunday to report she couldn’t find her daughter Delilah.

Investigators learned that Jones had fallen asleep for three hours. They determined the child managed to get out of the house and into the car.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said KTAR News 92.3 FM that Jones told them she searched for the girl before calling.

Police eventually found the little girl in the front seat of a parked car after Jones told them she didn’t know where her keys were.

The windows were rolled up, Fortune said.

The child was unresponsive and rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Phoenix reached a high of about 100 degrees Sunday.

Jones, 23, was charged on one count of child/vulnerable adult abuse.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Taylor Kinnerup contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Grant Woods (Gallagher & Kennedy Photo)...
KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Oct. 22-24

The unexpected death of former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods on Saturday is among the biggest Arizona stories of the weekend.
1 day ago
(Arizona Lottery Photo)...
KTAR.com

$108 Mega Million lottery ticket sells in Lake Havasu City

The Arizona Lottery said Saturday a multi-state draw ticket worth $108 million sold at a store in Lake Havasu City on Wednesday.
1 day ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
Associated Press

10-digit dialing required in some Arizona area codes starting Sunday

Starting Sunday, phone users in much of Arizona must include area codes when dialing to make all calls, including local calls that previously required only seven digits.
1 day ago
Pexels photo...
KTAR.com

Police identify woman in Phoenix hit-and-run incident, investigation underway

Phoenix police are searching for the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run that occurred Saturday afternoon.
1 day ago
Chief of ICU department Dr. Valentyn Koroliuk speaks to a patient with coronavirus at the city hosp...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 1,483 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths Sunday

Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 1,483 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths from the disease.
1 day ago
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13: Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian D. Boatright swears in members of the...
KTAR.com

Arizona grand jury indicts former candidate of Cochise County Superior Court for perjury

An Arizona grand jury earlier this month indicted a former candidate for the Cochise County Superior Court for perjury, Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Thursday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Schwartz Laser Eye Center

How to sharpen your vision with elective procedures

Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and being able to see clearly. You wouldn’t have to wait to put on glasses or contacts, and there would be no more blurry showers nor forgetting where your glasses are.
...
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
...
BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

More stroke patients eligible for acute treatment, thanks to research

Historically, patients underwent acute stroke treatments according to strict time guidelines. But thanks to recent advancements in stroke research, more patients are becoming candidates for clot-busting drugs and endovascular therapy at specialized centers like Barrow Neurological Institute.
Phoenix mother charged with abuse in toddler daughter’s death