Baby dies after possible heat-related illness while on boat in Lake Havasu

The baby was taken to the hospital for a heat-related illness and later died, officials said.

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — A 4-month-old baby died after being rushed to the hospital from Lake Havasu for a reported heat-related illness during the Fourth of July weekend.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said the baby was transported from a boat on the lake to the Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center on July 5 at about 5 p.m.

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL: Un bebé muere tras sufrir un posible golpe de calor mientras estaba en una embarcación en Lake Havasu

The child was eventually taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and later died. MCSO said detectives are continuing to investigate the baby’s death. 

The child’s identity was not disclosed by investigators. A GoFundMe for the family identifies the baby as Tanna Wroblewski. 

The medical examiner has not yet released the baby’s cause or manner of death.


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“The Valley” is what locals call the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is considered the largest metropolitan area in the Southwest. 

The Valley is made up of various major cities other than Phoenix, including:

  • Mesa
  • Chandler
  • Scottsdale
  • Tempe
  • Glendale
  • Surprise
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  • Gilbert
  • El Mirage
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  • Litchfield Park
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The cities of the Valley have a combined population of 4,845,832 people, according to the 2020 United States Census. This makes it the 11th largest metropolitan area in the country right behind the Boston and Atlanta areas.

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Maricopa County is the United States’ 4th largest county in terms of population with 4,485,414 people, according to the 2020 Census.

The county contains around 63% of Arizona’s population and is 9,224 square miles. That makes the county larger than seven U.S. states (Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire).

One of the largest park systems in the nation is also located in Maricopa County. The county has an estimated 120,000 acres of open space parks that includes hundreds of miles of trails, nature centers and campgrounds.

The county’s seat is located in Phoenix, which is also the state capital and the census-designated 5th most populous city in the United States.

The county was named after the Maricopa, or Piipaash, Native American Tribe.

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