A two-year-old girl who was forgotten for hours in a car in the Tel Arad area of the Negev on Saturday was pronounced dead at the Schaller medical center in Arad after having been brought in unconscious. Police have opened an investigation.
Boris Manto, a paramedic from the Magen David emergency medical service who was dispatched in the case, said when he and his colleagues arrived the girl was warm to the touch, unconscious, had no pulse and was not breathing.
In an unrelated case from July, a one and a half-year-old girl died when her grandmother forgot her in a car in the Arad industrial zone. A month earlier, two brothers, of the ages of 3 and one and a half, died after being forgotten in a car in Al-Sayyid in the Al-Kasum regional council area of the Negev.
Data from Beterem, an organization that promotes child safety, shows that that since 2008, there have been 400 cases reported in the media involving 442 children left alone in or trapped or locked in vehicles. Twenty-two of the cases resulted in the death of a child. This year six children have died after being forgotten in vehicles. This compares to one such case last year.