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Published on September 26th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman


Man with murder after he left his 1-year-old son in a hot car

Police are charging a man with second-degree murder after he intentionally left his 1-year-old son in a hot car while he went to work.

Brokale Marques, 28, was initially charged with child abuse and child endangerment after being accused of leaving his son in a hot car for hours on Saturday so that he could go to work. The boy was rushed to the hospital when he was found lethargic later in the day. When he was taken off life support on Monday, Marques was also charged with murder.

According to the police report, Marques woke up late for his job at International Cruise and Excursions and didn’t have time to get his son to the babysitter. So he took the boy with him and parked the car near his work, leaving the infant in the car seat with the car running.

Marques took a lunch break at around 11 a.m., and his son seemed fine. So he drove to a nearby Burger King for lunch and returned 30 to 45 minutes later. Marques left his son in the car seat again, but this time he did not leave the car running because he didn’t believe it was good for the car’s engine.

When he came out a couple hours later, he found his son had vomited and was unconscious. Marques attempted to drive his son to the hospital, but he couldn’t find one. He ended up flagging down a shopping center security officer who then called 911.

This isn’t the first time he’s done something similar to this. Detectives learned in November 2012, a security officer found Marques’ running car parked outside of his work with a woman and baby sitting inside. The woman said they were OK and were just waiting for Marques to finish work.

When police interviewed the boy’s babysitter, she said she’d been expecting him that Saturday because she’d watched the boy every Saturday for the past two months, except for one. She also told police that Marques had left the boy with her last Wednesday but did not bring enough food or diapers.

Marques told the babysitter’s husband, who worked with him, that he’d bring the items over after work. Marques never showed up with any supplies, nor did he pick his son up that night or call the sitter to say he would not be coming over.

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Source: “Man with murder after he left his 1-year-old son in a hot car,” September 26, 2013.

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