Boy, 4, dies after being left in hot car in east valley

A 4-year-old boy died Thursday evening after being left in a car in the east valley as temperatures outside reached about 100 degrees, according to Metro Police.

Police were called about 6:30 p.m. to the 4600 block of Welter Avenue, near Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard, Lt. Will Huddler said.

The boy's grandfather left the child in the car as he ran errands, and the child was locked in the vehicle for about an hour and a half, Lt. Tom Melton said.

The child was discovered by family and taken to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Melton said.

The incident appears to have been an accident, he said.

Temperatures reached about 100 degrees in the area about 6:30 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Gorelow said.

Metro's abuse and neglect detectives are investigating the incident, which is standard operating procedure.