Toddler dies of heatstroke after being left in car
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Toddler dies of heatstroke after being left in car

Young boy, forgotten by father in Ashdod vehicle for three hours as temperatures climbed, is declared dead at the scene

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The vehicle in Ashdod where a baby died of heat stroke after being left for hours in the sun. (screen capture: YouTube/MDA)
The vehicle in Ashdod where a baby died of heat stroke after being left for hours in the sun. (screen capture: YouTube/MDA)

A toddler boy died Monday of heatstroke after being left for hours in a car that was parked in the sun.

The boy, aged around 18 months, was forgotten by his father in the vehicle for three hours on Bet Tsadik Milman Street in the southern city of Ashdod.

Upon realizing what had happened, the parents alerted Magen David Adom paramedics, who tried to resuscitate the boy but were forced to declare him dead at the scene.

Police were questioning the father about the incident.

Temperatures in the Ashdod area reached about 25° Celsius (77° Fahrenheit) Monday morning.

During 2014, a rash of similar incidents in Israel alarmed the public, launching debates about possible means of prevention and prompting a hyper vigilance that had seemed to save some children from a similar fate.

In August that year, a 2-year-old boy was rescued from a locked car in Eilat by police, who broke through a window.

In the same month, two children emerged unharmed from cars in central Israel after being rescued by passersby, but a three-year-old died in Beersheba hospital after being found unconscious in a car in the city

A year earlier in July 2013, three young children died in separate incidents after being left in locked cars — including two cases that occurred within 24 hours — in the sweltering summer heat.

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