(CBS) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A father who allegedly left his one year-old son alone in a running car while he went to work has been charged with second-degree murder after the boy died, according to CBS affiliate KPHO.
Police reportedly said the child died Monday night at the Scottsdale Healthcare-Shea Hospital after being taken off life support.
Brokale Lytte Marques, who was initially charged with child abuse, now faces a murder charge.
According to the station, a police report indicates the 28-year-old man woke up late to go to work and upon realizing he didn't have enough time to take the infant to the sitter, he decided to leave him in the car. At 9 A.M. he left the car running with the boy inside in a parking lot, he returned at 11:00 a.m. and took the boy to a fast food restaurant for lunch, and at that point the child seemed to be fine.
When Marques returned to the parking lot to get back to work at 11:30 a.m. he turned the car off because he didn't think it would be good for the engine to leave it running for a long period of time. He left the boy alone again. This time, the child was left in a car without air conditioning and the windows rolled up. The doors on the car were also locked, according to the police report obtained by KPHO.
At 2 p.m. Marques reportedly found his son unconscious with vomit on his clothes. He then reportedly flagged down a security guard who called 911.
The station reports Marques told police he was afraid of getting fired from his job if he was late or missed work altogether. Police reportedly interviewed the babysitter, and she said she was expecting the boy that morning. Marques's brother also said he could have babysat the boy.