Boy, 5, dies after dad forgot to drop him off at school and left him in hot car

A five-year-old boy tragically died after his father forgot to take him to school and locked him in a hot car while at work.

The man drove his wife to work with her son in the back seat in the Croatian town of Knin on the morning of June 8.

Police believe that the soldier father then forgot to drop his son, who slept in the car, at school.

He parked the vehicle on a street near his barracks and left it there, with the boy reportedly accidentally trapped in it.

It is not known if the boy woke up or called for help, but his possible screams could go unheard due to construction work going on near the parked car.

The car also had tinted windows, which made it difficult for passers-by to notice the trapped boy.

It wasn’t until his mother picked him up from school at around 3 p.m. that the alarm went off about his absence.

She called her husband, who was reportedly initially convinced that he had got the school up and running that morning.

But after returning to the car to check, he found that his son passed out inside, it is alleged.

He reportedly struggled to revive the youngster but was unsuccessful and eventually passed out in shock.

The rescue workers arrived on site at around 4 p.m. and confirmed the boy’s death.

A police investigation has opened and the father is under investigation.


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