Earlier this week, a two-year-old girl died after she was left in the backseat of her mother's car for three hours in Lahad Datu
The incident, which happened on 12 June near the family's home in Taman Aman 1, was confirmed by Lahad Datu police chief Assistant Commissioner Nasri Mansor.
The girl, who was the youngest of four siblings, was found unconscious with scald marks and foaming at the mouth by her 31-year-old mother in the backseat of the car that was parked under the sun, according to NST Online.
She was rushed to the Lahad Datu Hospital, where she was confirmed dead at 4.39pm.
The cause of death was determined as extreme heat
"There was (a) burning effect on the left side of the face as well as the victim's arms, and the cause of the death was heat-related," ACP Nasri Mansor said in a statement.
"A post-mortem found that the scalding was due to the extreme heat inside the vehicle and the marks appeared after she died," he added, as reported by NST Online.
Prior to the incident, the victim had followed her 31-year-old mother to fetch her two older siblings from school at around 1pm
The mother fetched her two older children, aged nine and 10, from Sekolah Kebangsaan Lahad Datu 2 and returned home. She parked the Perodua Bezza by the roadside and asked her eldest child to bring the girl into the house, ACP Nasri said.
"The suspect then went on to perform the prayers on the second floor of the house and fell asleep. However, at 3.45pm when the suspect and her husband wanted to eat, they called the victim to join them but failed to find her anywhere," Bernama quoted him as saying.
The mother later searched the car and found the girl unconscious in the backseat.
The mother was arrested after a medical officer reported to police
According to ACP Nasri Mansor, the victim's mother, who is a housewife, was arrested by the police to assist in the investigation. Her car has also been seized by the police.
The case is being investigated under Section 304A of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence.