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2-year-old girl dies after being abandoned in car in Marana

MARANA, AZ (AZFamily/13 News) — A 2-year-old girl died after being abandoned in a vehicle in the Marana area on Tuesday.

The Marana Police Department confirmed the girl died after an incident at a home in a neighborhood near Paseo Rancho Acero and Payton Court, not far from Cortaro and Interstate 10.

Officers said the girl’s father told them he left her in the vehicle with the engine running and the air conditioning on.

Detectives say the baby was abandoned between 30 minutes and an hour before her father found her.

Police said the father claimed he had gone inside to do some errands and when he came out the car was off. The girl was rushed to hospital, where she died.

Video from Arizona’s Family sister station KOLD 13 News showed a Tucson Police crime scene van at the scene.

Temperatures in the Tucson area surpassed 110 degrees as an excessive heat warning remains in effect.

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