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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — Police say a 15-month-old South Texas boy has died after being left in a hot SUV.

Corpus Christi police arrested the boy’s mother on a charge of injury to a child after the death Wednesday.

Nueces County Jail records Thursday indicated 26-year-old Concepcion Rodriguez was free on $25,000 bond. Jail officials had no information on an attorney for her.

Police say Rodriguez had her four children and three others in the SUV when she drove to a store and returned home around 1 p.m. Wednesday. The toddler’s father arrived nearly three hours later and asked about his son.

“It happens countless times every single day, in every single city,” Amber Rollins, a spokeswoman with Kids and Cars, told the Houston Chronicle. “I think one of the most important points in that it can happen to anybody. It’s heartbreaking. The death of a child is one of the most horrid things you can think of, and it’s worse when the parent is responsible.”

The boy was found unresponsive in the vehicle and died at a hospital. Further details on the youngster weren’t immediately released.

Temperatures reached the upper 90s Wednesday in Corpus Christi.

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