A nine-month-old girl in Kuantan died as a result of being left in the car by her father, who allegedly forgot about her after he parked his car and went off to work
According to The Star, district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the father found the girl lying motionless in her child seat at the backseat of the car when he came out of his workplace at Tun Abdul Razak Complex to go for lunch around 1pm yesterday, 17 February.
The father rushed her to the nearby Indera Mahkota health clinic, but she was pronounced dead there, he said.
The police chief said the victim, the youngest of three sisters, was believed to have been left in the car for four hours
"The victim's father was supposed to drop her off at a nursery in Indera Mahkota but it slipped his mind," he said in a statement, as quoted by New Straits Times.
"She was left in the car for some four hours between 9am and 1pm."
Earlier that morning, the father had sent his eldest 10-year-old daughter to school then returned home to pick up his wife, their second daughter, aged six, and the victim to drop them off at work and school respectively.
Noor said that the second daughter attended the same school as the older sister, and both the parents were civil servants.
Noor added that the case is being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for parental neglect and abandonment
Meanwhile, he said the child's body was sent to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital (HTAA) for a post-mortem.
Initial reports have indicated that her cause of death was heatstroke.