Man arrested, accused of leaving 5-year-old son in hot car

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- The temperatures are nowhere near 100°F, but it can still get hot inside a car. On Thursday, a Valley man was arrested and accused of leaving his five-year-old stepson inside a hot car.

According to Phoenix Police, the man, now identified as 26-year-old Isaac Smith, did it on purpose. The incident happened right outside a pediatric center near 5th Avenue and Thomas, when the temperature was at 86°F, and involved drug use. Witnesses brought the situation to the attention of police, and police officials said the five-year-old was sweating. Witnesses said the child was screaming for his stepfather not to leave him. When police caught up with Smith, they said Smith told them that he had smoked meth earlier in the day and got confused, causing him to leave the child.

Smith has yet to make an appearance in front of a judge, because he is being held in isolation.