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2-year-old dies after being left in hot car in northern Israel

Father of toddler reportedly forgot to drop him off at kindergarten; child was discovered 5 hours later

Two paramedics in the northern town of Rechasim where a baby boy died after being left in a car. (Screen capture: Ynet news)
Two paramedics in the northern town of Rechasim where a baby boy died after being left in a car. (Screen capture: Ynet news)

A two-year-old boy died on Tuesday after he was left alone in a car in the northern town of Rechasim, police said.

The boy was found after five hours. Medical teams were called to the site and attempted to resuscitate the toddler but were forced to pronounce him dead at the scene.

Rechasim is a predominantly ultra-Orthodox town in the Haifa region. Temperatures in the town reached a high of 26°C (79℉) on Tuesday.

According to reports, the boy’s father forgot to drop him off at kindergarten in the morning. In the afternoon, the boy’s older sister arrived to collect him from kindergarten and discovered he was not there. She told her father, who ran to the car and found his son unconscious.

A paramedic told Ynet news that when he arrived the father had already taken the toddler from the car into the house. “The child had no pulse and was not breathing,” he said. “We attempted to resuscitate him but he had signs of heatstroke and no vital signs. Within a short time we were forced to declare his death.”

Police opened an investigation into the incident.

Two weeks ago, four-year-old Muhammad Shoala from the village of Arara died after being left in his father’s car in Umm al-Fahm, also near Haifa. His family noticed he was missing and searched for him all day before discovering him in the car at his father’s workplace.

وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُواْ إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَالله يرحمك خيياا????

Posted by ‎שעלה סגא‎ on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Two weeks before that, a four-year-old boy in the Negev city of Netivot died after his parents accidentally left him in the family car. The boy was reportedly discovered in the vehicle outside the family home by his older brother while his parents were preparing for the forthcoming Passover festival. The boy was unconscious and was rushed to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

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