Baby left in car suffocates to death

In the sweltering heat, father leaves six-month-old daughter in closed car.

baby seat 298.88 (photo credit: Channel 10)
baby seat 298.88
(photo credit: Channel 10)
In the sweltering July heat a father left his six-month-old baby girl alone in a car in Kibbutz Sha'ar Ha'amakim in northern Israel Thursday. The infant died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. Magen David Adom medics who arrived at the scene reported finding the baby with third-degree burns on her shoulders and stomach, apparently from over-exposure to the sun, and not breathing. Furthermore, the medics reported the baby was in the car with all of the windows rolled up. A kibbutz doctor was rushed to the scene and tried to resuscitate the child on the table of a bicycle repair shop before the medics arrived. Other witnesses said that the baby was apparently in the vehicle for an extended period of time while her father went to a nearby garage. Detectives from the Zvulun District were investigating how the infant was left alone in the car. According to initial findings, the father, a resident of a nearby town, went to the kibbutz garage in order to fix his all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Channel 10 reported that he was in the garage for nearly an hour, and even sat with friends outside; all the while his child was dying. Upon returning to his car the father noticed his daughter's condition and called for help.