Arizona couple charged in hot car death

PEORIA, Ariz. (KPNX) A Peoria, Arizona man and his girlfriend are facing charges after the man’s 5-month-old nephew died while under their supervision.

Jose Garcia Jr., uncle of the boy, and his girlfriend, Monique Avila, were booked into jail pending one count each of felony child abuse.

The pair called police around 2:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon after realizing the child was in a car parked at their apartment complex.

Police said they found the child not breathing. Officers said they believe the infant had been in the car for hours. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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