09/25/2013 10:24 am ET

Brokale Lytte Marques Allegedly Left His Baby Boy In The Car To Die

A Phoenix man who left his son in his car while he went to work faces second-degree murder charges.

Police say Brokale Lytte Marques, 28, left his 1-year-old in his car with the air conditioner running while he went to work Sept. 21. Later, he allegedly returned and turned off the cold air during the hottest time of day, according to KSAZ.

"He did not believe it was good for the car's engine to be left running for an extended period of time, so he decided to turn the car off," according to police.

Marques was arrested after the child was discovered in the car "in a lethargic state." The boy died Monday night at a Scottsdale, Ariz. hospital.

According to investigators, Marques showed a lack of remorse in the death of his son. KSAZ reported that he joked around with police during questioning.

When Marques went before a judge Tuesday, he argued that he could not afford an attorney, ABC Phoenix reported. He was reportedly upset that he wasn't eligible for a court-appointed attorney.

A babysitter told police that she had expected to watch the child on Saturday, according to the station. She said Marques had a history of not looking after his child.



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