Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was found inside a vehicle moments after the child’s mother reported him missing Tuesday morning.
The boy’s mother, who lives in the 2200 block of West Boston Street, called police at 10:54 a.m. to say her son was missing; an officer discovered the boy inside the family’s car unresponsive shortly after 11 a.m., according to Det. David Ramer, a Chandler police spokesman.
The child was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said.
It is too early in the investigation to know how the boy got into the car, Ramer said.
The Valley was put under an excessive heat warning Wednesday that runs through 8 p.m. Friday. High temperatures were expected to reach 112 on Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature in Chandler at the time the child was found was 102.
On June 28, a 21-month-old Phoenix girl died after she was left in a vehicle for more than two hours after her family returned from church. Temperatures that day were close to 110.