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Baby death father 'smoking dope'

A US father whose infant son died after being left in a parked car in the heat was smoking marijuana next to the car with a co-worker part of the time, police said.

Daniel Bryant Gray, 31, was booked into an Arizona jail charged with manslaughter and child abuse, Sargent Tommy Thompson said.

Police said three-month-old Jamison Dean Gray was pronounced dead at a hospital on Wednesday. At first, police said the father was distracted and forgot about the boy.

However, a court document said investigators learned from an unidentified witness that Gray and another employee had been standing next to his car and apparently smoking marijuana.

The employee, who was not identified by police, said he did not notice the baby in the car and did not know Gray was a father.

"There's no question" that Gray did not intend his son to die, a prosecutor said during an initial court hearing. However, Gray has a criminal history of substance abuse and was grossly negligent, Deputy Maricopa County Attorney George Kelemen Jr said.

"The state believes the tragedy that occurred Wednesday is not simply an unavoidable mistake of a thoughtful parent," he told a judge.

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