Girl, 4, died in boiling car while parents spent hours at family funeral

A four-year-old girl's parents mourning the death of her aunt left the tot in a car hot enough to roast a chicken as they attended the funeral, according to reports.

Parents of the tragic youngster, named only as Sadia in local media in Ramhormoz, Iran, locked the child into the car and she eventually succumbed to stress, heat intensity and lack of oxygen, according to doctors.

Said had arrived for the service with her parents, but when they arrived, her parents left Sadia sleeping in the parked car while they went to the ceremony, forgetting her due to the stress of the ceremony.

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Sadia died as temperatures soared to 49 Celsius which would have made the inside of the car 76 Celsius, high enough to roast a chicken.

When her parents finally remembered her, she was already unconscious and medics could only confirm her death from heat stroke and suffocation.

The head of Ramhormoz's forensics department Dr Gholamreza Haidarnejad said: "A young couple left their four-year-old child sleeping in a car when they went to mourn the little girl's aunt.

"The parents who decided not to wake the child then forgot her because of their distress during the funeral.

"The child was left in the car for several hours in hot, sunny weather and the car doors were locked."

The doctor added that the child died because of stress, heat intensity and lack of oxygen.

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The devastated couple are receiving counselling and an investigation is going on into the tragedy by local police in Ramhormoz which is the capital city of Ramhormoz County, in Iran's Khuzestan Province.

Last week, a five-year-old boy died after being left in a hot car for up to three hours as his mum allegedly forgot about him as she prepared for the birthday party of another child, reports suggest.

Police in Texas said the child was left in the car for "several hours" before his mum realised he was missing from his home in Harris County, north east Houston.

She had thought that the youngster was in the house but having searched there, she then went out to the car, where she made the tragic discovery.


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