Arizona 2-Year-Old Dead After Dad Leaves Her in Hot Car During Triple-Digit Heatwave - 'It's Just Tragic'


An Arizona toddler died Tuesday after being left in a car during triple-digit temperatures, police said.

The tragedy took place in Marana, a suburb northwest of Tucson, ABC News reported.

The 2-year-old girl had been taken with her father to run errands.

After arriving home, he left her in the car with the engine running and the air conditioning on, Marana Police Capt. Tim Brunenkant said.

The dad came back outside to check on the child around 30 to 60 minutes later, and the car’s engine was off.

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He found the little girl unresponsive, so he called 911.

She was rushed to a hospital but was later pronounced dead, KNXV-TV reported.

“Marana PD says the child’s mother was not initially home, but shortly after she arrived, the girl was discovered in the vehicle, and 911 was called,” the news station reported.

Investigators are conducting interviews and checking whether there is any surveillance video footage available, ABC News reported.

Brunenkant told the network no charges have been filed in the case, but charges have not been ruled out.

“We don’t know the circumstances. We are trying to find that out,” Brunenkant said, according to KOLD-TV.

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“Again, when those temperatures arise, especially this week when it’s 110, it’s just tragic.”

Brunenkant cautioned against leaving a child in a car unattended for any length of time.

“We experience this nationwide every summer,” he said.

“When temperatures get above 100 degrees, it could even be 90 degrees,” Brunenkant said. “It just depends on the circumstances. It’s very tragic.”

Tuesday’s tragedy was the ninth time a child has died in a hot car this year in the U.S., according to

“In most situations, this happens to loving, caring, and protective parents,” the organization’s website said.

“It has happened to a teacher, dentist, social worker, police officer, nurse, clergyman, soldier, and even a rocket scientist. It can happen to anyone.”

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Lorri Wickenhauser has worked at news organizations in California and Arizona. She joined The Western Journal in 2021.
Lorri Wickenhauser has worked at news organizations in California and Arizona. She joined The Western Journal in 2021.