A four-year-old boy in the Negev city of Netivot died Wednesday afternoon after his parents accidentally left him in the family car.
The boy was reportedly discovered in the car 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 arriving.
A neighbor who rushed to the scene after hearing the mother screaming said the parents couldn’t immediately call paramedics because of poor cellular service. Residents have complained about bad phone reception for more than a month.
Temperatures in the southern city reached a high of 33°C (92℉) today.
Separately, in south Tel Aviv, a three-year-old boy died in daycare when he did not wake up after an afternoon nap. The childcare center caters to children of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan.
The boy’s mother told emergency personnel that she took her son to the doctor on Tuesday because he was not feeling well, and that this morning he also was not well, Ynet news reported.
In the afternoon the care workers reportedly put him down for a nap, but when he failed to wake up they called an ambulance. Paramedics fought to save his life and rushed him to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, but medical staff there were unable to resuscitate him.
Police detained the teacher for questioning.