3-Year-Old In Johor Dies Of Heatstroke After Grandma Forgets To Take Her Out From Car

The victim was found unconscious after five hours on the floor of the car in the back seat.

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A three-year-old girl died of heatstroke after she was left in a car for about five hours by her grandmother in Sungai Tiram, Ulu Tiram, Johor

According to Seri Alam district police chief Supt Mohd Sohaimi Ishak, who was speaking to reporters on Wednesday, 28 April, the tragic incident happened on Sunday evening, 25 April.

He stated that police were alerted after a report was lodged by a doctor at the Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI) at around 6.41pm notifying about a "brought in dead" case involving a car at Sungai Tiram.

On the day of the tragedy, the victim's grandmother forgot to take her out of the car after driving the victim and her elder sister to a school

Mohd Suhaimi said that investigation on the same day found that the 59-year-old woman had taken the victim and her sister to school in Sungai Tiram at about 1pm in a Perodua Alza.

"The grandmother did not realise she had left her grandchild inside the car," he added.

At about 6pm, the victim's mother realised that the three-year-old was not in the house.

"It is only then that the grandmother realised that the victim was still inside the car where they found her lying unconscious on the floor of the rear passenger seats," he was quoted as saying.

A file photo of the Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI).

Image via Harian Metro

The cause of death was confirmed to be heatstroke

He stated that a post mortem was carried out at HSI on Monday, 26 April.

It found that the victim's body was healthy and did not suffer any bruises or injuries that could have been caused by abuse, and that doctors confirmed that the victim had died of heatstroke.

The case is being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which provides for a jail term not exceeding 20 years or fined not more than RM50,000 or both upon conviction.

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