PHOENIX (CBS5) - A 3-year-old boy was found dead after he was left by a family friend in a hot car during choir practice Saturday, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman said.
Haden Nelson was not breathing and was taken to a hospital after he was found in the car in the parking lot of the Abundant Life Church near 20th Street on Roeser Road about 2 p.m., Officer James Holmes said.
Police previously identified him as 3 months old.
Haden and his mother had spent the night with the 27-year-old suspect, and both adult women were going to choir practice at the church Saturday morning. Haden's mother had to be at the church by 10 a.m., and the family friend, Haden and two other children arrived just after 11 a.m., Holmes said.
The suspect, who was apparently late for practice, and two of the children got out of the car and when choir practice ended about three hours later, the mother and the suspect realized Haden was missing, Holmes said.
Members of the choir searched the church and the suspect went to the parking lot, where she found the boy inside the car, Holmes said.
The outside temperature was in the mid- to high 90s when the baby was found, Holmes said.
Haden was taken to a Phoenix hospital in extremely critical condition, but died about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Holmes said.
The suspect was questioned and released, Holmes said. The investigation was being sent to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review and possible child abuse charges, Holmes said.
Holmes said the police department was not yet releasing the names of family members or the suspect, who had not been charged, and no other information was available.