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Police: Woman leaps to her death; 5-month-old boy found dead in her car

Police officers who were investigating the apparent suicide of a woman near the Inner Harbor on Tuesday evening examined her car and made a devastating discovery: the body of a 5-month-old boy.

He was the second child found dead in a car in Baltimore in two days.

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Officers were called to a parking garage in the first block of Market Place about 8 p.m. Tuesday afer receiving a report that a woman had jumped from the structure. When they arrived, police said, they found the 33-year-old woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A short time later, police said, officers found the car in the parking garage with the infant inside. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of his death, police said. Temperatures in Baltimore on Tuesday reached 97 degrees, according to accuweather.com.

Police did not release the names of the woman or the child Wednesday. They did not say who died first.

On Monday, officers found 2-year-old Leasia Carter unresponsive in the back of a Lincoln Town Car in Northeast Baltimore.

She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. She had been left in the car for 16 hours on a day when temperatures reached 91 degrees, police said. She had suffered second-degree burns.

Police have charged her father, Wilbert Leon Carter, with murder.

Carter told investigators he had consumed alcohol earlier in the day, police said. He slept during the day, police said. When he woke up, he went to his car and found his daughter.

Meanwhile,police continue to investigate a shooting Wednesday morning in the 1800 block of W. Lexington St. that left a 33-year-old man critically injured. Officers found the man shortly after 10 a.m. with gunshot wounds to his chest, groin and leg, police said.

The deaths of the children in cars are the latest in a succession of such cases to afflict Maryland.

A 55-year-old Baltimore man was charged with involuntary manslaughter in 2013 after his 16-month-old granddaughter died in a hot truck.

The grandfather, Anthony Jerome Towles, was convicted and sentenced last month to probation in the death of Sabriya Towles.

Sabriya's death was ruled accidental by the medical examiner. Investigators said Towles left her in the truck in the 2500 block of S. Paca St. while he took a nap.

On New Year's Eve 2013, a 24-year-old Baltimore woman left her 4-year-old daughter unattended in a car for more than eight hours at the Maryland Live Casino, police said.

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The toddler was examined and released to her grandmother after a medical examination. The mother, Alicia Brown, was charged with neglect and second-degree child abuse.

She pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, was sentenced to three years with all but five days suspended and was prohibited from going near a casino or other gambling establishment.

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