A three-year-old kindergarten child died after she was left behind in a hot school van in Thailand, police said on Thursday (Aug 16) after arresting the driver.
The girl was discovered on Wednesday afternoon after her mother went to pick her up at the end of school in the southern province of Pattani and was told the child was absent.
The mother and a teacher located the driver, who led them to the locked van where they found the body.
“The girl’s body was pale, no wounds, with a little blood stain at her nose,” Montri Kongwatmai, commander of the Sai Buri district police, told AFP.
“She must have thrashed around.”
The heat inside the stuffy van and a lack of air caused her death, Montri said, citing the autopsy results.
The 23-year-old driver admitted to failing to check whether all the children had gotten out of the vehicle in the morning, Montri said.
He was charged with negligence resulting in death.
Between 2012 and 2016 in Thailand, there were 13 cases of children abandoned inside school buses or private cars, statistics show, part of a worldwide phenomenon referred to as “Forgotten Baby Syndrome”.
Six of the cases were fatal.
The previous such death occurred in June when a five-year-old was left in a school van in Khon Kaen province.
“The problem with child deaths in school vans … is that it keeps repeating itself due to the negligence of the service provider,” said Adisak Plitponkarnpim, director of the Thailand’s National Institute of Child and Family Development.
Times comment:- Therein lies the problem. Lessons are not learnt from previous incidents. This is true in road accidents as well. Our heartfelt condolences to the poor child’s family. Another innocent young life brought to an unnecessary end.
(Source:-Channel News Asia)