The Latest: 5 dead after SUV goes into Phoenix area lake

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Posted: Oct 18, 2015 7:06 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on the drowning of a vehicle containing a family of five at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe (all times local):

4:02 p.m.

Police say a boy who was in critical condition after his family's vehicle went into a suburban Phoenix lake has died, leaving no survivors in the incident.

Tempe police spokesman Michael Pooley says 2-year-old Nazyiah Baxter died Sunday afternoon at a hospital.

Officers were called to Tempe Town Lake around 12:15 a.m. after bystanders saw the SUV enter the water.

They pulled out 27-year-old Glenn Edward Baxter, 25-year-old Danica Baxter, 1-year-old Zariyah Baxter and Nazyiah.

The parents and the 1-year-old later died at the hospital.

Divers later found the body of 3-year-old Reighn Baxter.

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11:35 a.m.

Police say two children and their parents are dead and a third child is in critical condition after their vehicle went into a suburban Phoenix lake.

Tempe Police spokesman Michael Pooley says emergency rescuers were called to Tempe Town Lake around 12:15 a.m. Sunday after bystanders saw the SUV enter the lake.

Three responding officers and one fisherman jumped in and pulled out the 27-year-old father, the 25-year-old mother, a 6-month-old girl and a 2-year-old boy.

Pooley says all four were taken to the hospital, where the parents and the 6-month old died. Police initially said the 2-year-old had died but now say he is in extremely critical condition.

Pooley says detectives realized a third child was missing.

Divers went to the submerged car and pulled out the body of a 3-year-old boy.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.