Toddler dies after being left in vehicle for over seven hours

PETALING JAYA: A two-year-old baby girl died after she was accidentally left in a vehicle for more than seven hours.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhrudin Abd Hamid said the victim's mother had initially sent her two children to a school near their home in Ara Damansara at about 7am on Wednesday (Oct 8).

"She then went to a nearby daycare centre to drop off the victim. However, she settled some online business transactions while parked near the daycare centre and forgot to drop the victim off," he said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 9).

The mother, in her 30s, then went home and only realised the victim was still in the car at about 3.35pm on the same day, he said.

"The victim was already unconscious and the father managed to call MERS 999 and gave the victim initial treatment. The victim was then sent to Hospital Sungai Buloh for further treatment but she was pronounced dead at the hospital," he said.

ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said a post-mortem will be conducted and the case is being investigated under Section 31(1) of the Child Act 2001.

"We advise the public to be more alert and responsible for the safety of their children. We urge those with information on the case to contact the Petaling Jaya police operations room at 03-79662222," he said.

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