Arizona Teen Uncle and His Girlfriend Charged for Leaving a Baby to Die in a Hot Car

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An Arizona teen and his older girlfriend were arrested for leaving a baby boy in a hot car for up to four hours. It killed him.

18-year-old Jose Garcia and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Monique Avila, were arrested after leaving a 5-month-old boy, Garcia’s nephew, in the backseat of a car parked outside an apartment complex Sunday.

Monique found him when she was about to drive to pick up Garcia’s mother from work at about 2:45 p.m. She rushed the little boy, identified as Israel Avila, into an apartment and called 911. It was too late.

First responders say that the baby wasn’t breathing when they arrived. They performed CPR and took him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say temperatures inside the car were probably in the low 100s.

The couple told officers that they were supposed to be babysitting him, but had forgotten him in the car after dropping his mother off.

Both have been charged with one count of felony child abuse each.

 

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