KOTA KINABALU: A toddler in Lahad Datu died after she was left in the car by her mother who forgot about her after fetching her sisters from school.
Lahad Datu police chief Asst Comm Nasri Mansor said the two-year-old had followed her mother, a 31-year-old housewife, to fetch her sisters at about 1pm.
“After fetching her sisters, they went home and the mother told her eldest child, aged 10, to bring the toddler into the house,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
She then went to the second floor of the house to perform her prayers and fell asleep after that.
At about 3.45pm, the woman and her husband went downstairs to eat.
“They started calling for the toddler when they didn’t see her but she did not respond.
“They tried searching for her in the house but couldn’t find her,” ACP Nasri said.
They asked the neighbours if they had seen the girl but to no avail.
“She then looked in her car and found the toddler unconscious and foaming at the mouth,” he said.
ACP Nasri said the parents immediately took the girl to the Lahad Datu hospital where she was pronounced dead.
There were also burn marks on the toddler’s left cheek and arm.
The case is being investigated under Section 304A of the Penal Code for causing death.