Toddler Dies After Being Forgotten in Transport Van in Central Israel

Three-year-old discovered unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse, after temperature inside van believed to have reached more than 80 degrees Celsius.

A three-year-old girl was pronounced dead Monday after she was forgotten in a locked van in Netanya.

The toddler was discovered in the van unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse. Paramedics of Magen David Adom, Israel's rescue service, tried resuscitating the toddler but were eventually forced to pronounce her dead.

Magen David Adom ambulance.
Tali Meir

Initial Netanya police investigations revealed that the van transports children to and from kindergarten. According to the suspect, the van's driver took children to kindergarten on Monday morning and returned home. At 2 P.M. the driver was requested to return to the kindergarten to take the children back to their homes and it was then discovered that the 3-year-old had been left behind in the van and was no longer alive.

Rescue services were called to the scene and the driver was taken for questioning. It was estimated that the van reached a temperature of more than 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit).

Following the incident, MDA called upon drivers of school buses and vans to scan their vehicles at the end of the trip.

Only one and a half months ago a 7-month-old infant was forgotten in a vehicle near Kibbutz Givat Hashlosha. She was in a critical condition but her state is gradually becoming stable.

Following that incident, MDA released instructions in the lead up to summer, requesting that parents do not leave babies and children in vehicles unsupervised.