Three-year-old dies after being locked in car in Beersheba
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Three-year-old dies after being locked in car in Beersheba

Fourth child to die in similar circumstances in less than two months; initial reports suggest boy climbed into vehicle and locked himself in

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Magen David Adom paramedics giving first aid to a 3-year-old boy who was found unconscious in a parked car in Beersheba on Sunday, August 11, 2013. (Photo credit: Dudu Greenspan/Flash90)
Magen David Adom paramedics giving first aid to a 3-year-old boy who was found unconscious in a parked car in Beersheba on Sunday, August 11, 2013. (Photo credit: Dudu Greenspan/Flash90)

A three-year-old boy died in a Beersheba hospital Sunday after being found unconscious in a car earlier in the day.

The owner of the vehicle, a woman who works at an absorption center in the city, found the child in the car, parked in the center’s lot, as she prepared to leave for the day. She alerted a security guard who called the police and the paramedics. The child was rushed to the hospital with no pulse, and efforts to resuscitate him failed.

The boy’s parents reside in the absorption center.

Initial reports said that, unlike previous cases, the boy was not forgotten in the car, but rather climbed into the unlocked vehicle and locked himself in it.

Last week, a seven-year-old boy rescued himself from a van, after the driver accidentally locked him in the vehicle. The week before, a girl was rescued from a car after a passerby called the police to the scene, and the officers broke the window to pull her out.

The boy’s death Sunday was the fourth in just over a month, after three children died in July when their parents forgot them in the car, including two such cases that occurred within 24 hours.

A number of techno-gadgets have surfaced in an attempt to combat this troubling phenomenon, and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz has said his office would subsidize their purchase.

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