A child found dehydrated and malnourished in a Mesa mobile home died at the scene and a second child was rushed to the hospital after their mother alerted police to the situation.
Police said they got a call Saturday night from their 22-year-old mother who reported her 2-year-old daughter was unconscious and not breathing, according to Mesa police Sgt.Tony Landato. The child was pronounced dead from unknown causes.
A medical team took a second child, a 1-year-old boy, to the hospital, where he is OK.
Landato said the temperature inside the mobile home "was extremely elevated and both children appeared malnourished and dehydrated." He said neither child showed signs of trauma.
Police said at a news briefing late Monday afternoon that the temperature inside the home was 100 degrees and it looked like the air conditioning had been out the last couple of days. They added the girl was sleeping in a bedroom with no furniture. We spoke to one neighbor who saw the commotion outside her home and wishes someone would've noticed some warning signs.
"When do you realize something's wrong with your baby before it dies?" asked Rashawnda Cossey. "As a mother, as a parent, when is it that your baby is just not the same?"
The boy will be placed in Child Protective Services once he's released from the hospital.
Police said they are waiting for a report from a medical examiner and the conclusion of the investigation before determining whether criminal charges will be filed.
Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Saturday, April 12 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-04-12 10:07:09 GMT
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral. A mother humpback whale and her calf were cruising just offshore when a set rolled in. J.T. Gray of NorthMore >
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:12:17 GMT
Police are searching for the ex-wife of notorious child killer Ward Weaver in connection to a meth dealing investigation. Canby police served a search warrant at the Forest Manor Apartment Complex onMore >
Officers said they have received multiple reports that methamphetamine was being sold by 53-year-old Maria Shaw, also known as Maria Weaver and Maria Stout, in Canby.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:00:28 GMT
A Mount Tabor reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water has been taken offline out of fear that a group of trespassers urinated in it. Five people were seen at Mount Tabor Park around 1 a.m. Wednesday.More >
A Mount Tabor reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water has been taken offline after a teenager urinated in the reservoir. More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:22:41 GMT
A dead whale that washed ashore on the Oregon coast was buried at the beach Wednesday. The massive 40-foot gray whale first appeared on the south jetty at Fort Stevens State Park Sunday. Word spread quicklyMore >
A dead whale that washed ashore on the Oregon coast was buried at the beach on Wednesday.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:52:38 GMT
Portland's newest bridge now has a name. TriMet announced Wednesday that the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Bridge will be called Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. A bridge naming committeeMore >
TriMet announced Wednesday that the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Bridge will be called Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:42:32 GMT
A dead, decomposing 40-foot gray whale washed ashore in the Oregon Coast town of Seaside on Tuesday morning, and marine experts advise staying away from the massive carcass because it's "really nasty."KeithMore >
Experts advise keeping your dog on a leash while at the beach in Seaside, mainly because dealing with your pet after it rolls around in a dead whale would be a "horrible way to spend your vacation."More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:46:24 GMT
Police have identified the two people found dead in Portland-area rivers on Monday. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol Unit headed toward Sauvie Island at 1:15 p.m. after getting wordMore >
Police have identified the two people found dead in Portland-area rivers on Monday, both had previously been reported missing.More >
A pair of sex trafficking suspects are accused of ramming into two patrol cars and driving through a fence in Aloha. The situation began before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police were following a man and a womanMore >
Police were following a man and a woman in a car as part of a sex trafficking investigation. Officers said the suspects had dropped off a 17-year-old girl at a hotel.More >