A 4-year-old Scottsdale girl found suffering from heat exposure in her mother's car has died.
Haley Gray was taken off life support at Phoenix Children's Hospital late Wednesday and died shortly after, said Sgt. Mark Clark, Scottsdale police spokesman. Both police and state Child Protective Services workers are investigating the death, Clark said.
Haley was locked in her mother's 2004 Mitsubishi van with the windows rolled up for as long as two hours on Saturday, police said.
Celene Gray, Haley's mother, told officers that at 11 a.m. that day, she had picked up her three children, 12, 7, and 4, from her ex-husband's home. After returning to her apartment with the children, she fell asleep after drinking some alcohol but didn't know for how long, police said.
Gray noticed her daughter was missing after a maintenance worker found the door to her apartment ajar and knocked to see if things were okay.
Gray called Scottsdale police to her home at the Camellero apartments, 4324 N. 78th St. at 5:05 p.m., after the girl had been missing for more than an hour. Police searched the apartment complex and surrounding area for an additional 45 minutes before finding Haley, "unconscious and unresponsive" in the van. She was taken to the hospital at 7 p.m. Saturday by Scottsdale paramedics.
The children are now living with their father, and will continue to do so until the investigations are finished, said Liz Barker, CPS spokeswoman.