A three-year-old boy died of heatstroke after being left in a car for more than five hours in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, on Wednesday.
According to police, at around 2 p.m., the boy’s 67-year-old grandmother notified the fire department that her grandchild “was slumped” inside the car in the parking lot outside her home, Fuji TV reported. The boy, Masato Takei, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour after arrival.
Police said the woman usually drives her grandson straight to kindergarten but on Wednesday, she had an errand to do on the way. After that, she returned home at around 9 a.m. and apparently unaware that the boy was in the back seat of the car.
Police quoted the grandmother as saying, “I completely forgot that he was in the car until about five hours later.”
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the outside temperature Sendai reached a high of 25.9 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning.
Miyagi prefectural police are considering filing charges of involuntary manslaughter against the woman.© Japan Today