A 1-year-old boy died after he was left in a car by his mother, while she was playing pachinko in Kajiki, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Monday afternoon. Police said the boy was found by his mother, 35, foaming at the mouth and barely conscious in the car around 5 p.m. She called an ambulance and he was taken to hospital where he died later of heatstroke, police said.
According to police, the mother brought her son to the pachinko parlor which offers a free child-care service. But the children's room was already full, so the woman left her son in the car while she was playing pachinko from 2 to 5 p.m.
A local meteorological observatory said the temperature only reached 23.3 Celsius on Monday. Police are continuing their investigation.© Japan Today