KUANTAN - A three-year old boy died of suffocation and heatstroke after he was accidentally left behind in the backseat of the family's multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) for over nine hours today. The boy's father, 41, was supposed to drop him off at a nursery in Indera Mahkota after sending his wife, a school administrative assistsant, and four elder children to their schools.
The family left their home at the Kampung Pandan teachers' quarters here at 7.30am with him sleeping and strapped in the backseat of the MPV.
However, after making two drops to send his wife and two elder children at SMK Pandan and SK Tunku Azizah in Indera Mahkota where he spent about two hours there, the man drove straight to Taman Tas for a drink.
He even fetched his wife at SMK Pandan at noon and the couple drove up to check on their two other children at the primary school.
They only discovered the toddler at 5pm and rushed him to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The post-mortem revealed the boy had died of heatstroke.