A 4-month-old boy died Thursday after being left by his father in a car for over three hours in the central ultra-Orthodox city of Elad.
Paramedics rushed the infant to Schneider Children’s Medical Center, which said he arrived at the emergency department with no vital signs.
Doctors tried to resuscitate the boy but were forced to declare him dead, the hospital said in a statement.
The tragedy happened on Rashi Street in the city. The father arrived at a kollel, or religious learning institute, at 9 a.m. in the morning, an eyewitness told Channel 12 news. At midday, the father agreed to lend his car to a friend who discovered the boy inside the vehicle.
While a call was made to emergency services the boy was brought inside the synagogue area. Paramedics who arrived found him with no pulse and or respiration and immediately began efforts to resuscitate him. As they worked to save his life, members of the kollel gathered around and prayed for his wellbeing, according to reports.
Medics then took him to the hospital where he was declared dead.
The Magen David Adom emergency service urged in a statement against leaving children alone in cars even for the briefest of moments due to the hot weather.