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The family of a 3-month-old boy who died after being left
in a hot car as his father allegedly smoked pot nearby gave a
heartbreaking account of their pain on Friday.
The infant's mother, Rebecca Hillery, sobbed as she described her only child's loving and cheerful personality.
was always such a good boy," she said. "As soon as he learned to smile,
that's all he did. He just loved to smile and play and bounce, and he
was just so happy. He was so beautiful."
"He was my everything," she continued. "I loved being a mommy."
Gray died Wednesday of heat-related complications after being left in a
vehicle for more than an hour, Phoenix police said. His father, Daniel
Gray, had parked his car at his place of work, a bar near Scottsdale and
Gray initially told police that he had gone
to B.T. Sports Pub on his day off to check on some things, according to
Phoenix police and Maricopa County Superior Court documents released
Friday. But an investigation revealed that Gray was doing more than
kitchen prep work.
A witness observed Gray and an employee
standing in front of Gray's Oldsmobile Alero and assumed they were
smoking marijuana, according to court documents. The employee admitted
to police that Gray asked him for marijuana and they both went to stand
in front of the vehicle, although the worker said he was not aware that
the infant was in the car.
By the time Jamison was removed from the vehicle, he was unresponsive. The infant was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
all been a nightmare," said Rob Straney, Hillery's uncle. "It's been a
blur. It's very surreal. We're just trying to really show support for
the mom right now. Our thoughts are with her, not so much the father at
Gray was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and
child abuse Thursday evening and is being held in Fourth Avenue Jail on a
The family said very little about Gray or the allegations against him on Friday.
of any feelings that we have towards him, I know that whatever he's
going through mentally ... it's got to be very dark," Straney added.