2-Year-Old In Langkawi Died After Falling Asleep Alone In Her Grandpa's Car
Earlier this week, a girl, aged two years and 10 months, died after being left alone inside her grandfather's car for about two hours
While the incident happened at Taman Sungai, Jalan Ayer Hangat on Monday, Kedah police chief Zainuddin Yaacob only shared details about it yesterday, 25 July.
According to a media statement by Zainuddin, the little girl was found unconscious inside the Perodua Bezza car parked outside the family house.
She was later pronounced dead at the Sultanah Maliha Hospital in Langkawi.
Prior to the incident, she had accompanied her grandfather to fetch her elder siblings from their school and was seated in the back
"Her 73-year-old grandfather had gone to pick up her brother and sister from school.
"The victim was seated in the back and was believed to have fallen asleep. After arriving home, the grandfather went straight into his house, thinking the victim had gotten out of the car," NST Online reported Kedah police chief Zainuddin as saying yesterday.
Two hours later, when her mother woke up, she realised that the girl was not in the house. She looked around but couldn't find her.
She also went looking for her at the grandfather's house but failed to find her there.
"She and the grandfather then searched inside the car and found the victim unconscious in the back seat, with the windows and doors closed.
"The victim did not respond and was taken to the hospital for further treatment before being confirmed dead," Zainuddin added.
A preliminary report indicated the girl died from heatstroke
"The police are investigating the case under Section 31 (a) of the Child Act 2001 and, if convicted, those found guilty are liable to a fine not exceeding RM20,000 or jail not exceeding 10 years, or both.
"If there is evidence of negligence, they will be prosecuted," Zainuddin said.
Meanwhile, he has advised parents and guardians to be more aware and keep a watchful eye on their children to avoid any untoward incidents.