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PHOENIX -

A Phoenix family barely avoided a tragedy Arizonans see too often in the summer.

Phoenix police are investigating after they say a toddler was left in a hot car for more than an hour.

Parents found the little girl breathing, but unresponsive, and rushed her to the hospital.

The 2-or 3-year-old little girl was left in her car seat.

Police were called around 2:30 p.m., at that time it was 93 degrees outside.

They believe the child was left in the car for more than an hour.

Family members say that the child is doing better and is responsive.

Police are calling this a tragic accident.
    
"This is just very tragic that's all I can say, and extremely, extremely surprised," said Val Butler, a neighbor.

Police were called to a home near 16th Drive and Glenrosa Avenue after they say a 2-or 3-year-old little girl was accidentally left in a car, in the driveway of the home.

"The child was breathing, but in very bad condition. They transported the child to a local hospital. Tests are underway at this time to determine the health of the child," said Phoenix Police Lt. David Laslavic.

Investigators say the family, with four small children, had just returned home from church.

Police say one of the parents realized the little girl wasn't in the house and when they found her in the car, they brought her inside and called police.

"This appears to be a tragic accident. There are several family members, believe one family member brought the child in and vice versa," said Laslavic.

"They're very attentive to their kids. I can't even believe this is what's happening. I came back from church today and I saw all the police cars," said Butler.

Police believe the toddler was inside that car for more than an hour.

They don't know how hot it was inside, they're still investigating, but a recent study by the Animal Protection Institute shows even in the mid 90's, a vehicle can get up to 114 degrees inside.

"Well, this time of year, of course the temperature is rising, and it's very important that we be aware of vehicles and temperatures inside vehicles as it pertains to children, as well as pets," said Laslavic.

"We are praying for them and we pray that everything goes well," said Butler.


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