4-year-old dies after 10 hours in locked car

ALOR SETAR: A four-year-old girl died after she was left in her father’s locked car for almost 10 hours in Bukit Makmur, Sungai Lalang, Sungai Petani, yesterday.

Kuala Muda district police chief ACP Adzli Abu Shah said the father only realised what had happened when he returned to the car at 6.20pm.

“Before the incident, the father who was a lorry driver had sent the victim’s older sister to SMK Teluk Bayu, Sungai Petani at 7.30am before heading to his workplace at Bukit Makmur, Sungai Lalang.

“The father was supposed to have sent the victim to her grandmother’s house in Kampung Bukit, Sungai Pasir, but forgot she was sleeping in the back seat,” he said in a statement here today.

Adzli said after arriving at his workplace, the father, in his 30s, went out to drive a lorry to several areas. He then returned to his workplace at 4.30pm and entered the office to do some work.

“When he finished work, the father went to his car where he saw the victim unconscious in the back seat.

“He then made an emergency call about the incident, but the girl was confirmed dead and her body sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here for a post-mortem,” he said.

He added that the case was being investigated under Section 31 (1)(a) of the Child Act.