A two-year-old boy died of apparent heatstroke after he was left in a car by his father in Haga, Tochigi Prefecture, on Friday.
According to police, the man, who is in his 30s, was supposed to drop his son off at a daycare center on his way to work from his home in Utsunomiya on Friday morning, Fuji TV reported. The man was quoted by police as saying the boy was in a child seat in the back but that he completely forgot about him as he drove to his company in Haga, where he left his vehicle in a car park all day from 9 a.m.
Police said the man received a call from his wife at around 5 p.m. She had gone to pick up their son on her way home from work but he wasn't at the daycare center. That's when the man realized he had left his son in the car. He found his son unconscious in the car and called 119. The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead of suspected heatstroke.
The temperature outside in Haga on Friday was 31.4 degrees, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, but inside the car, it likely rose to about 40 degrees.© Japan Today