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Maricopa County won’t prosecute dad in daughter’s death

January 15, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has declined prosecution in the September death of a 3-year-old girl who was left unattended in a car for hours.

Officials with the Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that the evidence in the case didn’t support a reasonable likelihood of conviction at trial.

Gilbert police had announced in December there was probable cause established to arrest 37-year-old Scott Jones on suspicion of negligent homicide.

Jones was accused of leaving his daughter Charlotte in a vehicle at his residence for two to three hours on Sept. 3. The girl was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say their investigation of the incident was submitted to the County Attorney’s Office for review and charging recommendations.