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alert-–-anguish-for-arizona-doctor-mother-after-two-year-old-girl-died-in-hot-car-‘when-toddler’s-father-made-tragic-mistake’Alert – Anguish for Arizona doctor mother after two year-old girl died in hot car ‘when toddler’s father made tragic mistake’

A two-year-old girl has died in a hot car in front of her home after she was left there for at least 30 minutes on a 109F day.

Father Chris Scholtes, 37, told police he went inside the house in Marana, north of Tucson, Arizona, leaving the car on and the air-conditioning running.

But he returned about 4pm on Tuesday to discover the car had shut off and his daughter Parker Scholtes was unresponsive, and immediately called 911.

The toddler was rushed to Banner University Medical Center Tucson, where her mother Erika Scholtes, 35, worked as an anesthesiologist.

Parker Scholtes, 2, died in a hot car in front of her home after she was left there for at least half an hour on a 109F day

Parker Scholtes, 2, died in a hot car in front of her home after she was left there for at least half an hour on a 109F day

Police outside the house in Marana, north of Tucson, Arizona, on Tuesday evening as they investigated the scene

Police outside the house in Marana, north of Tucson, Arizona, on Tuesday evening as they investigated the scene

‘Resuscitation efforts were being done, and the child was immediately transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, the child was pronounced deceased at the hospital,’ police said.

Parker was born at the end of October 2021, and within weeks had her first trip to Disneyland with her parents and two older sisters.

Chris posted adorable photos of the girl online, including one his wife took in February this year of him asleep while snuggling with the little girl.

‘I call this one A Fathers Comfort,’ the dad, who also coached his daughter’s softball team, wrote next to the photo.

Another photo showed a crayon drawing she made, captioned ‘struggling artist’, and another with her dressed up.

‘Raising a menace to society, hat tilted like her attitude, and her vicious pit bull ready to attack,’ Chris wrote.

Parker in a family photo taken in March with her parents and two older sisters

Parker in a family photo taken in March with her parents and two older sisters

Erika Scholtes, 35, worked as an anesthesiologist at the same hospital her daughter was rushed to on Tuesday

Erika Scholtes, 35, worked as an anesthesiologist at the same hospital her daughter was rushed to on Tuesday

Erika and Chris took frequent holidays in the past year, often leaving their youngest daughter in the care of relatives.

They went skiing in Banff in February, with their older daughters in tow, and took a beach holiday to Cancun in March with the whole family.

The couple also traveled through Europe in June, Seattle in October, and Sedona in June last year, just the two of them.

Marana Police Captain Tim Brunenkant said many of the details about Parker’s death were still being investigated – including whether it was an accident. 

‘We don’t know the circumstances, we are trying to find that out. When those temperatures arise especially this week when it’s 110. It’s just tragic,’ he said.

‘We are doing the interviews, and we are trying to determine if this was a mistake, ‘Is it an accident? Is that possible?’ We’ll have to determine that.’

Parker with her mother Erika and her two sisters at the front of their home in Tucson on Halloween, a few feet from where she died

Parker with her mother Erika and her two sisters at the front of their home in Tucson on Halloween, a few feet from where she died

Chris posted adorable photos of the girl online, including one his wife took in February this year of him asleep while snuggling with the little girl

Chris posted adorable photos of the girl online, including one his wife took in February this year of him asleep while snuggling with the little girl

Erika and Chris took frequent holidays in the past year, often leaving their youngest daughter in the care of relatives

Erika and Chris took frequent holidays in the past year, often leaving their youngest daughter in the care of relatives

Brunenkant said it was unclear exactly how long Parker was in the car, and how long since the car and air-conditioning turned off.

‘All we know is that it was a hot car. The child was unresponsive, it was very hot, and it’s very tragic,’ he said.

‘He left the child in the car. The car was running, the AC was operational. We are trying to determine how long he was in the house, at what time the car may have shut off or the AC stopped working.’ 

Brunenkant said at least one child died in a hot car every summer in the area, and this was a reminder to never leave a child alone in a car.

Chris and Erika started dating on October 19, 2012, according to a post Chris made on their 10th anniversary.

Chris returned about 4pm on Tuesday to discover the car had shut off and his daughter Parker Scholtes was unresponsive, and immediately called 911

Chris returned about 4pm on Tuesday to discover the car had shut off and his daughter Parker Scholtes was unresponsive, and immediately called 911

Chris posted a photo of his wife in the operating room on International Women's Day with a post celebrating her achievements

Chris posted a photo of his wife in the operating room on International Women’s Day with a post celebrating her achievements

Police said many of the details about the little girl's death were still being investigated - including whether it was an accident

Police said many of the details about the little girl’s death were still being investigated – including whether it was an accident

‘Ten amazing years with this woman. Can’t wait for the rest!’ he wrote.

He posted a photo of his wife in the operating room on International Women’s Day with a post celebrating her achievements. 

‘This woman is my hero Erika Ines. She has been an amazing wife and incredible mother to our family, all while being an absolute badass saving lives, and makes it all look effortless,’ he wrote.

‘I don’t know where I would be without her, but it wouldn’t be here. Love you babe, thank you for this wonderful life. No one else I would rather share it with.’

Chris studied biochemistry at Arizona State University, but it was not clear where he now worked. 

He also frequently posted photos of cars and high-performance engines on his Facebook page.

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