Police in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, have sent papers to prosecutors on a 40-year-old man whose 2-year-old daughter died after he left her in his car for about seven hours while working at home last June.
Prosecutors said the man faces a charge of parental neglect resulting in death, Sankei Shimbun reported. The father found his daughter, who was unconscious and not breathing, in the rear seat of his vehicle at around 3:20 p.m. on June 17. He took her to a hospital where she was pronounced dead due to heatstroke.
According to police, the man drove his 8-year-old daughter to an elementary school at around 8 a.m., with the 2-year-old also in the car. He then returned to his home where he was teleworking due to the coronavirus. At around 3 p.m., he drove back to the school to pick up the elder daughter, and after parking, noticed his younger daughter still in the child seat in the rear.
The temperature on that day in Tsukuba reached 27.8 C shortly before noon, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, but would have been much higher inside the car with its windows rolled up.© Japan Today