3-year-old dies after being left inside hot car in Gilbert

A 3-year-old girl died Tuesday after being left inside of a car for an estimated two to three hours in Gilbert, police said.

The child was found at around 12:09 p.m., in a neighborhood northwest of Higley and Elliot roads,Gilbert police said.

She was given medical treatment and taken to the hospital but later died, police said. Her name was not released by police and further details were not made available.

Police say the matter is under investigation and it was too early to say whether any police action will be taken.

The high temperature in Phoenix Tuesday was 108 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday's death marked the third child fatality in a hot car in 2019, among numerous cases nationally where children who have died in hot cars.

Officials advise parents and caretakers to make sure they check the back seat for children before walking away from your car, avoiding distractions while driving and being extra alert when there is a change in routine.