Children left in vehicles

Leaving young children unattended in vehicles can result in serious injury or even death. Here are some cases where negligence had tragic outcomes:

JUNE 18, 2014

A 33-year-old father left his 22-month old toddler in a car for about seven hours in Georgia, Atlanta, in the US.

He had forgotten to send his child, who was strapped in with the seat belt, to the child care centre when he left for work that morning.

It was only on his way home at around 4pm when he noticed his son in the back seat.

He immediately pulled over, but the child had died from heatstroke.

JUNE 16, 2014:

American Steven Lillie, 31, left his nine-month-old daughter in his pick-up truck for nearly four hours when he forgot to take her to her grandmother's before work.

He had parked his truck in the sun while at work.

Co-workers said his screams could be heard from the office when he discovered his unresponsive baby girl in the truck hours later.

AUG 16, 2012:

A Japanese woman, 45, left her five-month-old baby in her car for three hours while she played pachinko, a Japanese game that is a cross between pinball and slot machine.

He died of heat stroke.

The boy was in a baby seat in the back with the car's air conditioner turned off.