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Baby dies after becoming unresponsive in extreme heat in Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States.
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

A four-month-old baby girl died after becoming unresponsive in extreme heat over Fourth of July weekend. The baby had been on a boat on Lake Havasu with her family.

“On Friday, July 5 at approximately 5:10 p.m., a 4-month-old child was transported from a boat on Lake Havasu to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center for a heat-related illness,” said Anita Mortensen, a spokesperson for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department.

Moretensen said the child was then transported to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she later died.

The temperature in Lake Havasu City reached 121 degrees Friday, according to the National Weather Service. It’s not clear how long the child was on the boat.

The baby’s death comes after a 10-year-old boy died from suspected heat-related causes after hiking in Phoenix last week.

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent reporting on a variety of issues, including public health and climate change.