Police probe negligence angle in toddler's death

Police probe negligence angle in toddler's death

KUANTAN - Police will probe if there was negligence in the death of a three-year-old boy who was left in a car by his father for over nine hours.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad said the case would be investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act for negligence.

"We will call up the parents and other witnesses for questioning. It will then be up to the Deputy Public Prosecutor to decide on ­whether to file charges," he said when contacted yesterday.

On Thursday, the boy was found dead in his parents' car, where he was left forgotten ­during the hectic first day of school.

Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Jasmani Yusoff said the 41-year-old father had taken his wife and six children to SMK Pandan at 7.30am.

After dropping off his wife and three of his children there, the father proceeded to SK Tunku Azizah in Indera Mahkota to drop off his other children at school. The toddler was also in the car at the time.

"At 10am, his wife called him, asking him to pick her up at SMK Pandan but he did not do that. He drove to Taman Tas for a drink instead. He only went to SK Tunku Azizah at 2pm and found his wife already there," said ACP Mohd Jasmani.

The father, who is a labourer, waited at the guardhouse while his wife registered their children for religious classes.

"It was only at 5pm that he returned to his car and was shocked to find his son's lifeless body," said ACP Mohd Jasmani, adding that the boy was rushed to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital but there was nothing anyone could do by then.

ACP Mohd Jasmani said the father admitted that he forgot his son was in the car and only realised it at 5pm. He also said the post-mortem could not determine the cause of death and the boy's organs would be sent to the Chemistry Depart­ment for analysis.

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