Daniel Bryant Gray, 31, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of manslaughter and child abuse. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Three-month-old Jamison Gray was found unconscious in a locked car. (Source: Jamison family member)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The father of a 3-month-old boy who died after being locked in a hot car while the father smoked marijuana pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and child abuse charges Monday.
Daniel Bryant Gray, 31, entered the plea in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Gray is accused of smoking marijuana with another person and lost track of time while his son, Jamison Gray, sat in the hot car outside of BT's Sports Pub near Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads for about an hour Aug. 28, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.
Gray took the unresponsive child into the bar, where he is a kitchen manager, and called 911 just before noon, Thompson said.
Gray and the first officer to arrive at the scene tried to revive the child before an ambulance arrived, Thompson said.
Gray initially told police he stopped at the bar to check on the business and that he got distracted, but investigators later developed information that led them to believe Gray and a companion were smoking pot while the child sat alone in the car in the parking lot, Thompson said.
The temperature at nearby Scottsdale Airport was 102 degrees at noon on Aug. 28.