An 18-month-old toddler passed away Sunday after he was forgotten inside a motor vehicle outside the West Bank settlement of Bet Haggai, in the southern Hebron hills.
Magen David Adom paramedics were called to the scene and tried to resuscitate him, but to no avail.
Police were investigating the circumstances of the tragedy, including questioning the child’s parents.
Local residents called MDA and reported that the child was left in a car parked near a local daycare. According to the residents, the child had been left in the car for hours in unseasonable heat.
In some West Bank areas, temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday.
The paramedics summoned to Bet Haggai, Zaki Yahav and Moti Unger, told the Walla news site: “When we arrived, we saw on the road outside the car residents attempting to perform infant CPR, assisted by a military doctor who happened to be there. They told us that they noticed the toddler unconscious inside the vehicle and decided to rescue him. We took over the advanced resuscitation but after a few minutes we determined that the infant had passed away.”
Authorities said the parents were overwhelmed by shock and grief and were not yet able to offer statements.