A one-year-old boy apparently choked to death after his neck got caught in a seatbelt strap in a car in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, police said Tuesday.
According to police, the boy was left in the car while his parents went shopping late Sunday afternoon. Sankei Shimbun reported that the car doors were locked and the boy was asleep in the child seat with the seatbelt unfastened.
The mother told police she checked on her son a couple of times to see if he was alright but when she returned to the car again at around 6 p.m., he was unconscious, with the seatbelt strap caught around his neck. The boy was taken to hospital but died on Monday morning, police said.© Japan Today