Toddler in Critical Condition After Left in Hot Car for Three Hours

Father suspected of having forgotten to drop his daughter off at daycare; temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius in car.

A one-year-old toddler was rushed for medical treatment in a critical condition after she was left alone in a swelteringly hot car for three hours in the southern town of Kiryat Gat.

The child was first taken for treatment to the local Magen David Adom emergency services station. She was later brought to Ashkelon's Barzilai Medical Center, suffering from dehydration. Her condition improved after receiving care at the hospital.

The infant's parents fainted upon discovery of their child, after which they too required medical care.

The toddler's father is suspected of having forgotten to drop her off at her daycare center. The girl's mother arrived three hours later at the car, in which temperatures h had reached 40 degrees Celsius, and found the girl unconscious.

In April last year, a two-year old boy was left in a car in Nahariya by his grandfather and was rescued by passersby who smashed the windows of the car to get to him.

He received medical care and was returned to his mother. The boy had been sitting in the rear seat of the car, which was parked on a main street in Nahariya. His grandfather, a member of the city council, forgot about the boy when he was delayed inside a bank.

Two years ago, a seven-month-old girl from Ramat Yishai died when her father left her in a car in a garage at Kibbutz Shaar Haemek in the Jezreel Valley. Temperatures inside the car reached 70 degrees Celsius. Only after receiving a phone call an hour an a half later did the father, 30, remember that he had left his daughter in the car.

Israeli law prohibits parents from leaving a child up to the age of six unsupervised in a car; the penalty for doing so is three years imprisonment.