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UPDATE: Warrant shows timeline, items seized in car death of 2-year-old girl

Police considering the case a 'hot car death' for now
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Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 09, 2024

UPDATE (6:30 p.m., July 11):

KGUN 9 has obtained new search warrants in the case of the hot car death of a 2-year-old girl in Marana, which will allow police to gain clarity on the afternoon's timeline by using the family's electronic devices.

These devices include the girl's laptop, a Playstation 5 and the car itself.

Craig Smith explains more:

New info on Marana hot car death

UPDATE (4:24 p.m., July 10):

KGUN 9 has obtained a search warrant which releases new information on the incident in Marana. The warrant provides insight into the timeline, along with a list of items seized.

The warrant says video surveillance shows the car, a 2023 blue Acura, returning home at 12:53 p.m.

That same 2023 Acura, an MDX model, was towed and seized.

The father said he arrived home at 2:45 p.m. the girl's mother arrived at 4:00 p.m and 911 was called about 10 to 15 minutes later.

The warrant also confirmed the seizure of multiple items, including a PlayStation 5, a car seat, an Apple computer with charging cord, an iPhone, a pink flower dress and pink sandals.

The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE (2:23 p.m., July 10):

According to a social media post from Marana Police Department, the father of the 2-year-old girl arrived home while she was asleep in the vehicle.

He left the vehicle on and running in the driveway, with the air conditioning on and the child inside, while he went inside the residence, the post said.

The child's mom arrived home after. That is when the child was discovered in the vehicle, which was no longer on and the air conditioner no longer running, the news release said.

9-1-1 was called. Northwest Fire and Marana Police responded. Detectives were granted a search warrant the night of the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.


A 2-year-old girl is dead after being found unresponsive in a car in a residential area of Marana near Cortaro Farms Road and Hartman Lane Tuesday afternoon, according to Marana Police Department.

Police say the girl's father left the girl in the car for approximately 30 minutes to an hour with the car running and the air conditioning on, but when he returned to the vehicle the car and air conditioning were off.

MPD tells KGUN 9 the child was taken to Banner-University Medical Center and passed away at the hospital.

Update: Marana hot car child death

Police say they're getting a search warrant for both the car and the home. The car was towed away and the scene processed by Crime Scene Unit by the end of the day Tuesday, July 9.