A four-year-old girl has died of heatstroke after her father left her in his vehicle for almost 10 hours outside his workplace at Sungai Lalang, Kedah
According to New Straits Times, the father works as a lorry driver for a factory.
At 7.30am yesterday, 13 August, he dropped the victim's elder sister at her school SMK Teluk Bayu, before heading to work.
Upon reaching his workplace, the father exited the vehicle, forgetting the presence of his child who was sleeping in the car.
It is learned that the girl was stranded in the car with its engine off and windows all sealed
"The father had forgotten about the victim being in the car. She was sleeping in the back seat," Kuala Muda district police chief ACP Adzli Abu Shah said in a statement.
"The victim was supposed to be taken to her grandmother's house in Kampung Bukit, Sungai Pasir."
Adzli said the father spent his day driving a lorry to several areas before returning to the factory at about 4.30pm.
Once he returned, he continued working at the factory.
He only realised his mistake at 6.20pm
"After finishing work, the father walked to the car and saw the victim was lying unconsciously in the back seat of the car," Bernama quoted Adzli as saying.
"The father immediately made an emergency call. However, the child was confirmed dead and her body was taken to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for an autopsy."
The case is currently being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for ill treatment, neglect, abandonment, or exposure of children.
If convicted, the man could face imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine not more than RM20,000, or both.
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