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Infant left by dad dies in hot car

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — A five-month-old boy died after his father left him in a car with the windows closed for two hours in the afternoon heat.

The 24-year-old father, whose name was not released, called for help Tuesday afternoon when he realized he had forgotten the boy in his car while visiting relatives, police said.

The outside temperature was in the mid-80s, police said.

Investigators did not arrest the father and may not recommend charges at all. Charges could range from neglect and child endangerment to involuntary manslaughter.

Police also had not filed charges in a case in Missouri in which a 19-month-old girl died Monday after she was left in a vehicle for two hours while temperature and humidity combined to create a heat index of 107.

Marquita Shade's father, Joe Shade, left her and her three sisters in the car while he talked to a neighbor, then carried groceries inside and told the older girls to take the baby inside.

Shade had taken medication for a toothache and fell asleep, said Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher. He said the child's mother later came home from work and went looking for Marquita.

"It doesn't look like any foul play," said Bowling Green, Mo., Police Chief Pete Cannon. The case remained under investigation.