Infant dies after being left in parked car all day


KUALA LUMPUR: An eight-month-old girl died after being left in a car for several hours here.

Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Zam Halim Jamaluddin said the incident occurred just before 6pm on Thursday (Oct 5).

"We received information from the medical officer of Hospital Chanselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM that the infant was brought in unconscious from the hospital parking lot.

"The victim died on the same day," he said in a statement on Friday (Oct 6).

He said investigations revealed that at around 7.20am that day, the victim's mother, a doctor at the hospital, had placed her daughter in the rear passenger seat to send her to a nursery.

"The mother, however, did not drop off the child and went straight to work under the assumption that her daughter had already been sent to the nursery.

"She only realised that her daughter was still in the car when her husband called in the evening to say that their daughter had not been sent to the nursery," he said.

ACP Zam Halim said the case was being investigated under Section 31 (1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for negligence.

He said a statement will be taken from the mother after the child's funeral.

Those with information on the case can contact the Cheras police hotline at 03-9284 5050/ 03-9284 5051 or the City police hotline at 03-2115 9999.

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