Daniel Gray Didn't Notice Baby Dying in Car as He Stood Next to It, Smoking Weed, Cops Say

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Phoenix police say a man didn't realize for several hours that he left his 3-month-old son in a hot car, even though he was smoking weed right next to the car at one point.

Daniel Gray's 3-month-old son, James, died in the car, which was parked behind a sports bar where Gray works.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Gray -- who is a manager at BT's Sports Pub, on the Scottsdale/Phoenix border -- had a day off on Wednesday, but stopped by just to check on things.

Gray told police that he planned to take the baby inside the pub as he did a couple tasks, but when he showed up, at some time before 10 a.m., the kitchen staff was waiting outside, as the other managers hadn't shown up yet. Gray went home, got his keys, and returned just before 10 a.m. -- the same time the other managers showed up with the keys anyway.

Gray told officers that he went inside -- without the baby -- and came back to his car at 11:55 a.m., and found the baby inside the car. He tried to bring the baby inside the kitchen's cooler, and fan him off, as 911 was called, but it was too late.

The baby was grey in color, and had a core temperature of 107 degrees, which was recorded at the hospital, according to court documents.

Police note that Gray said he used marijuana and alcohol, but not on Wednesday.

Employees interviewed by investigators said otherwise.

One employee said he saw Gray smoking weed in the cooler the day before with a new employee. On Wednesday, that employee said he saw Gray ask the new employee if he was "ready," as they headed out to Gray's car, around 10:45 a.m., court documents state.

Around 11 a.m., that employee took a look out back, and saw Gray and the new employee standing at the front of Gray's car.

"He assumed by their actions they were smoking marijuana," court documents state. Police believe that, too.

After that interview, police interviewed the employee, who admitted they went out to Gray's car after Gray asked him for some weed, according to court documents. The new employee said he never noticed the baby in the car, and didn't even know that Gray had any children.

Police arrested Gray yesterday evening, and interviewed him again.

"Daniel did not want to tell Detectives about what happened between him and the new employee behind the restaurant on [Wednesday] because he was concerned with the perception of him and the new employee standing next to the car, where his 3 month old baby was ultimately found," a police probable-cause statement says.

Gray was booked into jail on charges of reckless manslaughter and reckless child abuse. His bond was set at $100,000.

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FrauBlucher
FrauBlucher

i think he just didn't want to be bothered, let the poor baby die deliberately and is using the 'stoned' excuse so it looks like an accident...and he's free!

dianegirk
dianegirk

Daniel Grey is a sad excuse of a man, he had one thing in mind that day , & instead of watching out for his own son, he thought only of himself. He has to have a bad drinking problem, because weed didn't cause him to forget, he chose to forget, & in return his son cooked in the back seat of that car. Daniel Grey should die the same way, & I would be more than willing to smoke a dub while he fry's inside of a hot car, & not give it a second thought.R.I.P. baby grey you didn't deserve to die this way, at the hand's of your own father, may he rot in hell!


David M
David M

The Liberal Media hardly ever mentions the negative side effects of marijuana or the additive drugs commonly found in it...like embalming fluid, heroine, angel dust, and such. And, while not that many people actually choose to kill their brain cells by imbibing in such, those that do undoubtedly contribute to the growing medical complications of our burgeoning waistlines, via the munchies which accompany it's use.

David M
David M

...and 99.9% of the drug users out there have no business doing them in any shape or form...or for any excuse...imo.

David M
David M

While it's use may help in the treatment of a very minute portion of the populace, these extremely isolated, one-in-a-million hypothesis cases yet to be proven shouldn't force-feed said drug, with all it's companion drugs and chemicals upon us all.

hatchetjuggalette13
hatchetjuggalette13

i smoke pot and i have kids, BUT i would never even think of how the hell someone could even get so high to "forget" they have a baby in the car!!!!!!! ive smoked everyday for over 10 years and ive never forgotten that another human existed.... the guy is a lazy dad, and was probably drunk more than anything and everyone just wants to blame his stupidity on pot, maybe its not pot, its just him as a person!


James Wasil
James Wasil

Joe, I don't believe in the use of harmful drugs when there are other things in nature which are more helpful, without highs or side effects that addicts advocate for, which can be used more effectively and instead of the things they want to be used only to suit their agenda. I wouldn't change my tune and be like sheeple, no. Sorry.

Teresa Marie
Teresa Marie

My baby in the car dying... But I got HIGH. The temperature was rising but I got HIGH .. Being sent to prison with a sigh.. can't get HIGH, maybe I cry why oh why DID I GET HIGH?

Juergen Meixner
Juergen Meixner

I agree absolutely with you Joe, it's not the substance to blame it's the human.

Juergen Meixner
Juergen Meixner

What is this here ... USA: Sanjay Gupta of CNN says that Americans have been systematically misled about cannabis Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, apologized for opposing the medical use of cannabis and stated "I did part of that misleading." He apologized for publicly opposing cannabis legalization, saying there was "no scientific basis" to claim cannabis had no medical benefits. "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that," he wrote in a post on 8 August on CNN.com. He noted the high rates of prescription drug deaths, and said, "I couldn’t find one documented case of someone dying of a marijuana overdose." In January 2011, Gupta was named "one of the 10 most influential celebrities" by Forbes magazine. He said he did not look hard enough at research on the topic, and found some new research that had been done since then. He was encouraged to look into the issue further upon meeting a 5-year-old girl in Colorado for whom medical cannabis has sharply cut down on the amount of seizures she had been suffering. Time spent with her and others made him realize that medical professionals should be responsible for providing the best care possible, and that could include cannabis. UPI of 8 August 2013

Juan Roque
Juan Roque

I think Manslaughter is too lenient. He should be charged with Second Degree Murder. While murder in itself is an "intent" crime meaning your action was deliberately done to kill the other person I feel scumfuck Gray's actions establish just that. By intentionally going to his job to smoke weed while having his son with him then deliberately leaving him in a hot car which placed the baby in danger establishes murderous intent. That is not reckless anymore! That is not an accident! How could he not know a hot car is an oven when every year in Arizona this is talked about and warned about regarding children and animals? Sorry man this asshole should be charged with murder and sent away for 30 years. Manslaughter is too lenient. He'll plead out at 5 to 7 and call it a day. =(

Rebecca Stockman
Rebecca Stockman

The fact that he smoked knowing he was going to drive with the baby tells you that he had some major parenting problems long before he lit up.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Alcohol is a " substance " too, just remember that. I wonder how you'd feel if you had a child with epilepsy and the only thing that could help was pot. My guess is you'd change your tune.

Eileen L Mccormick
Eileen L Mccormick

The police sure took their time charging this guy. It is almost like they had to come up with a reason to, before they would. Doesn't matter what the fuck he was doing in the bar there where he worked. He could have been screwing all the waitresses for all the world cares. The thing that IS important is that the piece of shit goes into work and leaves the child in the car. Who does that? It was an infant. Who does not take the baby in to show off to his coworkers? I am sure their would have been plenty of arms to old this little one while he did whatever business it was that he was doing. Next time officers, Don't stand around stroking your dicks looking for a valid reason to charge someone for leaving their baby to roast in an oven called a car in Az. Arrest him for that. What the fuck Arizona? you so suck.

James Wasil
James Wasil

Strong minds don't need substances to live life. And when they use them, they can cost others' theirs through negligence, disregard, loss of control, or all three...

Jukes
Jukes

Do you go to your place of work on your day off?  I don't.  Then again I don't work in a bar and have a documented drinking problem.  The vast majority of citizens will conclude that Gray's use of mind-altering substances was a mitigating factor in the death of this innocent child.  They will see this death as an easily avoidable tragedy.  People can talk here about the innocence of pot use and the faultiness of the human brain all they want.  Gray's going away for a very long time.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Plus you can't get addicted to anything unless you're weak minded to begin with. Two people were killed in the valley yesterday due to a drunk driver. This baby dying had to due with ignorance not pot. He was straight when he left the kid in the car, he smoked after the fact.

James Wasil
James Wasil

Weed smoking retard addict "forgot he had a kid" in the car, right? "Too high" to see them dying? Oh, and I bet you say there are no deaths attributed to marijuana "that you know of". Oh look - here's one. Morons. Now you know of one! There's thousands more. Shit people use weed. Fuck...

Kris Tabacco
Kris Tabacco

I don't understand why pot is a factor here at all...wasn't he inside his work for almost 2 hours while the baby was in the car? Pot is SUCH a factor to this reporter that it's in the headline....the headline reads that the guy failed to notice his son dying in the car while he smoked weed...that certainly implies blame. Had he been standing next to the car doing anything else, say reading his Bible, would that have made the headline?

David M
David M

I'm not saying the drug use is to blame, at all, merely that his choice to do so contributed to the rest of his choices that day, and should have been a red light warning to the mother not to trust such an irresponsible bad choice maker to watch her baby. Poor girl; she is absolutely devastated by this person who chose to be "comfortably numb" to life and it's responsibilities. The drug is dangerous, as are some of it's users...dulling the senses, slowing the reflexes, inhibiting good decision-making skills, and killing the memory of it's users, both short-term and long-term...and dramatically effecting the behavior of many with it's broad inclusion of toxins, whether by design or otherwise. We really ought to rethink legalization efforts, imo. I don't think they should take it easier on him, due to his choice to imbibe on the same rather than observe his responsibility completely, rather that we all need to learn from his mistakes...all of them. ...and pray for the mother, her family and freinds.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

Phoenix New Times is as pro-legalization as is humanly possible. Check their web site. If you claim that marijuana doesn't have psychotropic effect other than increased concentration...fine.

David M
David M

And, while prescription drugs are concentrations which are closely monitored by professionals, marijuana is full of a plethora of toxins...many depending on the dealers' fancy. You're playing Russian Roulette, essentially, using marijuana, or any other drug not closely monitored and regulated. Jmho.

David M
David M

...and may have led to the others.

David M
David M

Just because mary wanna was their chosen gateway unto other drugs of their choosing, if they were even actually on any of those, doesn't nullify the fact that their first choice was indicative of poor selections/choices, already.

Mark Archer
Mark Archer

They don't call it DOPE for nothing!

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Everyone of those people you mentioned were on drugs for adhd and a plethora of other ailments along with a plethora of different drugs. So your statement is complete bullshit.

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

How about some uplifting stories for once?

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I'm not reading anything wrong. The media in this state from day one has been against pot. They have been part of the anti pot campaign since it was put on the ballot the first time in the 80's. Pot doesn't take your concentration away if anything you concentrate harder while smoking it. Well anyone with the sense of a piss ant does anyway.

David M
David M

People under the influence of drugs kill, yet again. Just ask the victims at Columbine, Colorado (where trenchcoat-wearing pothead misfits attacked innocent children at school), Tucson, Arizona (where our Congresswoman was the victim of an assassination attempt by yet another coward who was high), or Sanford, FL (where pothead Trevor killed himself by trying to kill a night watchman who was armed for his and others' defense) and countless other places way unreported or downplayed. Those who use drugs, homegrown, or otherwise, kill yet again, whether approved by greedy Gov't officials, or not.

Laura Linger
Laura Linger

It's time to charge these so-called "parents" with MURDER for "forgetting" their children in hot cars. Weed and booze had nothing to do with it, but I don't buy the whole "I was so stressed out I forgot" nonsense excuse either. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. Enough is enough. Charging these "parents" with murder might just be the incentive for other such people to miraculously start remembering their poor innocent infants when they leave their vehicles.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

They also mention alcohol. You are reading too much into this. Of course not all people who ever used pot, or alcohol, or had Vicodin postop, or clonazepam for whatever reason leave kids in the car (not 'in the care' which I assume was a typo), but being under influence of any substance affecting concentration may explain why he was standing next to the car and still did not remember or noticed. Could have been cold medicine.

Julio Castro
Julio Castro

Nothing to do with weed just a scumbag of a parent!

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

I agree Joe. The media's attempt to place the blame on pot, and not the individual, is dated. The general public can manage to smoke every once in a while, and yet still maintain their daily responsibilities without letting that effect them in any way. Regardless this is a disgusting story and the guy needs to pay for what he's done, stoned or not that poor kid didn't deserve that.

Brian Kern
Brian Kern

Joe, I came to the say the same. Thanks for beating me to it. :)

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

This is a terrible incident, but why does the media keep having to add he was smoking pot? He left the baby in the care BEFORE he got high. So there is where the problem started. It just seems that at every turn the media has to make pot the bad guy. When I was younger I raised four kids most of the time smoking pot and I never even came close to " forgetting" them in a hot car in the middle of summer. The pot angle is total bullshit.

PotheadsAreStupid
PotheadsAreStupid

Stupid pothead deserves life for this.  Further proof that weed makes you stupider.

Jenn Rooks
Jenn Rooks

Terribly sad story. No matter the consequences he faces, I bet nothing will be as awful as his own guilt and shame.

Anthony Fiorelli
Anthony Fiorelli

We should lock his stupid ass in a car on a hot Arizona day until he dies. Dumb fuckin idiot.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

I hope he gets beaten severly in prison.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

According to 12News at noon today, this tragic incident is not Daniel Gray's first brush with the law. He recently was released from prison for an extreme DUI and he has been arrested "several" times for mj possession.

msme.tami
msme.tami

@David M That is because there are plenty of additives that are put in our food sold at grocery stores that are just as harmful.  Do you  know that all DIET pop once it is swallowed turns to formaldehyde - EMBALMING FLUID, as soon as it hits 97 degrees.  The government is fully aware of this and do not even regulate it.  So you go on with your non-sense how marijuana has additives - you clueless.  I am a caregiver as well as a patient and I use nothing that is not completely natural in caring for my plants.  And unless you are producing it, how would you even know??? 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@eric.nelson745 none of that will make a difference in trial, but a prior felony at the time of sentencing will certainly come into play.

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