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Tapes Released of 9-1-1 Call from Mother of 3-Year-Old Boy Found Dead in Car

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There's speculation that the 3-year-old boy who was found dead in his family's car yesterday was left in the car by his mother, which goes against her claim that she took her eye off of him for a few minutes and he wandered into the car on his own.

Today, the Chandler Police Department released the 9-1-1 call the mother placed when she couldn't find her son, and she sounds more like a frantic woman looking for her child than someone who just found her son dead in her car and is trying to cover her tracks.

Check out the audio after the jump.

In the tapes, you can hear the boy's mother explain to dispatchers that she was studying for about 40 minutes, and when she went to look for her son, he was gone.

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of the 9-1-1 call.

Carpenter claims she searched the house and checked with neighbors but couldn't find the boy and called police.

Police responded and found the boy unresponsive in the front seat of the family car in the driveway of the house.

The boy was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

One of Carpenter's neighbors, Joe Therrien, told KPHO yesterday that he has his own theory as to what happened.

"How can a 3-year old open a door, for one thing, then shut the door?" asked Therrien. "I'm thinking she probably left him in the car."

Despite Therrien's assessment of the situation, we heard this morning that the incident had already been ruled an accident and the mother was off the hook. That information turned out to be a rumor, though, which was put to an end by Chandler police Sergeant Joe Favazzo who seemed shocked we even asked.

"What? Where did you hear that," Favazzo asked. "We're still actively investigating this case."

Favazzo says the findings of the investigation will go to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, which will make the decision on whether to charge Carpenter with any crime.

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