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Father charged in baby’s car death in Ariz.

PHOENIX — A 31-year-old father whose infant son died after being left in a parked car in the Phoenix summertime heat was smoking marijuana next to the car with a co-worker part of the time, police said.

Daniel Bryant Gray, 31, was booked into a Maricopa County jail late Thursday, charged with manslaughter and child abuse, Sergeant Tommy Thompson said.

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Police earlier said 3-month-old Jamison Dean Gray died after his father on Wednesday, his day off, went to check on business at a northeast Phoenix sports bar and restaurant where he worked as a kitchen manager.

When the baby was removed from the car shortly before noon, outside temperatures were about 100 degrees.

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At first, police said the father was distracted and forgot about the boy.

However, a court document released Friday said investigators learned from an unidentified kitchen worker that the worker had seen Gray and another employee standing next to Gray’s car and apparently smoking marijuana.

While he was in the restaurant, Gray did work that included helping kitchen staff prepare food, the document said.

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When Gray remembered his son, he got the unresponsive baby and took him into the kitchen cooler, where a co-worker began to perform CPR while another called 911.

The first officer on the scene tried to revive the child before an ambulance arrived, but the boy couldn’t be revived and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Gray didn’t have an attorney and he remained jailed Friday in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Associated Press

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