ALOR SETAR: The parents of a four-year-old boy who died after being left in the car for more than eight hours will have their statements recorded by police.
Padang Terap acting OCPD Asst Supt Chang Kut Choy said the police would call in the parents of Muhammad Aqil Arfan Adnan (pic) for questioning.
“We met the parents on Wednesday at the hospital but they were still traumatised. Initial investigations showed negligence caused the boy’s death,” he said, adding that post-mortem results showed that Muhammad Aqil died of heat stroke.
The case is being investigated under Section 304 of the Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
More than 200 people turned up at his funeral at the Kampung Ga Muslim cemetery in Kubur Panjang, Pendang near here, at 11am yesterday. His parents Adnan Salleh, 43, and Aishah Abu, 42, both teachers, were at the cemetery.
Aishah said she kissed Aqil’s cheeks when he was sleeping on her lap in the back seat of the car.
She said it was the couple’s daily routine to send their two other children to school in Pendang before heading off to Kuala Nerang where her husband drops her off.
Muhammad Aqil, who went to a kindergarten nearby, was usually the last to be dropped off, she added.
The boy was found dead in his father’s car at 4pm on Wednesday at the parking lot of SMK Kuala Nerang. In Kuala Lumpur, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim advised parents to be responsible and mindful about their children’s safety.
She said such cases had repeatedly happened “but no lessons have been learnt from any of them”.
“Surely parents or caretakers should be extra careful and vigilant when giving protection to their children,” she said in a statement on Muhammad Aqil’s death.
Rohani said the Welfare Department would cooperate with the police to investigate the case under Section 31(1) of the Child Act 2001, for ill-treatment, neglect, abandonment or exposure of children and Section 33 for the offence to leave a child without reasonable supervision.