Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Scottsdale police say a 1-year-old boy has died after his father left him in a vehicle for several hours Saturday while he was working.
Officer David Pubins said police responded to the Scottsdale Quarter shopping area near Scottsdale Road and Greenway-Hayden Loop around 2 p.m. after 28-year-old Brokale Lytte Marques flagged down security to get medical help for his son.
According to Pubins, Marques got to work around 9 a.m. with the child in his car seat, after being unable to find a babysitter.
Pubins said Marques intended to leave the boy in the car with the air conditioning and vehicle running while he went to work.
Between 11 and 11:30 a.m., he went to a nearby fast food restaurant with the child still in the vehicle.
He reportedly told investigators the child seemed fine at that point.
Marques returned to work and felt the car was cool enough, so he turned it off, Pubins said.
He came out at 2 p.m. to check once more on the child and found the boy in a lethargic state.
Pubins said Marques began to drive around and look for a hospital when he pulled into the shopping area and flagged down security for help.
The child was taken to a Scottsdale hospital in critical condition, Pubins said. He passed away around 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Pubins said Marques faces charges of child abuse, child neglect and endangerment. An additional charge of second degree murder is also being sought.