Autopsy Planned For Toddler Who Died After Being Found In Car In Glendale

Glendale police were at an apartment complex, where a child died after being pulled from a car Monday. (Photo: Dani Coble)

New details are expected Tuesday as the investigation continues in the death of the 18-month-old girl who was found Monday in her parents' car in Glendale.

An autopsy of the child's body is scheduled for later Tuesday, and it should provide answers as to how she died, said Glendale police officer Tiffany Ngalula, in an email.

Ngalula said Tuesday there were no other major updates about the investigation. The girl's parents are still cooperating with detectives, and it has been determined that the father was the last person to drive the family vehicle, Ngalula explained. 

Police have not formally submitted any charges, and the parents will not be identified at this time, Ngalula stated. 

The girl's body was found inside the car by her father Monday evening; he then called the police and gave her CPR until the paramedics arrived, Ngalula said in a press conference Monday. 


Officer Tiffany Ngalula of the Glendale Police Department talks about the death of a child who was left in a vehicle Wednesday. Dani Coble, Arizona Republic

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Paseo Park Apartments, Ngalula explained. 

The 18-month-old was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The high temperature in Phoenix on Monday was 88 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. 

Jan Null, a professor of meteorology at San Jose State University who has researched pediatric heatstroke in vehicles, explained that when the outside air temperature is 86 degrees, the temperature inside the vehicle can exceed 130 degrees. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

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