Scottsdale Police Seek Murder Charge After 1-Year-Old Boy Left in Car Dies

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The 1-year-old boy who was left in a car in Scottsdale this weekend while his father went to work died Monday night, police say.

A police spokesman says the department is now seeking a second-degree murder charge against 28-year-old Brokale Lytte Marques, in addition to other charges.

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The boy had been on life support at the hospital.

Police said Marques went to work near the Scottsdale Quarter (Scottsdale Road and Greenway-Hayden Loop) about 9 a.m. Saturday. Court documents indicate Marques actually worked at a travel agency behind the Scottsdale Quarter.


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Marques told police that he couldn't find a babysitter, so his plan was to leave the youngster in the vehicle, with the air conditioning running.

Between 11 and 11:30 a.m., Marques checked on the child during his lunch break and he seemed fine, he said.

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But when he checked on the child at 2 p.m., his boy was in a "lethargic state," police said.

"The father began to drive and look for a hospital when he pulled into the mall area and flagged down security to call for medical help," Scottsdale Police Officer David Pubins said.

According to court documents filed by police, Marques got some sort of mucus or vomit on his shirt, presumably from his son overheating in the car.

Marques was initially booked into jail on charges of child abuse, child neglect, and endangerment, and his bond was set at $25,000.

However, with the addition of the second-degree murder charge, Marques will have to see a judge again.

Not even a month ago, a 3-month-old boy died about a mile away from this location, after being left in a hot car. In that case, police allege Daniel Gray forgot that he left his son in the backseat when he went into work for a few hours.

In that case, police allege Gray actually took a pot-smoking break during his work, and was standing at the front of his car, smoking, without realizing that his son was in the car behind him.

Gray has pleaded not-guilty to manslaughter and child-abuse charges.

Read the cops' probable-cause affidavit on the next page.


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23 comments
Gina Taulu Bair
Gina Taulu Bair

I can't understand how this can happen....when we never forget our cell phone in the car. How can you forget a child!?

Flippwithtwopz Street Shaman
Flippwithtwopz Street Shaman

happens here in AZ alot i am sure :( this heat is horrible for an adult to be in for even a few hrs.... i can't imagine what it would be like for my child to be in that heat for longer then a few minutes :( so sad for this boys real family.... obviously the father wasn't!

Jukes
Jukes

How much did those tattoos cost?  Yet he couldn't afford a babysitter? 

Steve Lewis
Steve Lewis

put daddy in the car locked up in 110 dgrees as punishment. if he survives shoot him.

Christine Rodriguez-Salehi
Christine Rodriguez-Salehi

I am sorry but as a mother I know EXACTLY where my child is. Thanks to this douche tard I will be scouring craigslist to help save innocent angels in the future. If I have enough time to check FB I can surely check CL to save a life. So can EVERYONE.

Christine Rodriguez-Salehi
Christine Rodriguez-Salehi

That had to be the most heartbreaking story I have read in a long time. I felt my heart sink when they described the way they found him. That animal will burn forever for what he did to his "son". Cut his wenis off so he can never reproduce again. Where the hell was the baby's "mother"?

Patricia Gail Hall
Patricia Gail Hall

When will these parents learn, especially the ones that leave kids in cars on purpose

Ana Gomez
Ana Gomez

Ugh not everyone should be allowed to reproduce. What an idiot!

Nancy Williams
Nancy Williams

It's horrible enough when a child is accidentally left in the car. But how could you intentionally leave your child there to suffer like that?

Ofelia Canez Canez
Ofelia Canez Canez

I wonder why there are few responses--maybe because people of fed up with parents being so neglectful! CMON PARENTS- THINK! IT'S COMMON SENSE--TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABIES--ANIMALS ARE BETTER AT CARING FOR THEIR YOUNG!!!

Danielle Kosten
Danielle Kosten

Poor baby died. But this dad was not very smart, if you need a babysitter there is a drop in right across from Pv mall. And to turn off the AC? I'm sure he is beating himself up and will pay dearly, but these sort of things can be prevented. Use your common sense.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

but the hooters chick does it and no charges are brought? seems like selective prosecution. 

drgonzo
drgonzo

"murder" is more MCA sensationalist overcharging.  It's a crime, but manslaughter/negligent homicide is more in line with obtaining justice for this tragedy.

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