A two-year-old boy has drowned after being left behind during his childcare centre’s excursion to a lake.
The three carers who were supposed to be minding the toddler Adam only noticed he was missing when they got back to the nursery later that day.
The group had been to visit the Neustaedter See lake, in the city of Magdeburg in central Germany last Friday, and realised Adam had been separated from the group about midday.
Childcare workers alerted police, who launched a large-scale search operation with sniffer dogs and a helicopter, with ambulance services also aiding in the frantic search.
The boy’s dad Mohammad found out his son was missing from his wife, who had called him to say police had visited her to deliver the news.
Following a one and a half hour search Adam was discovered and flown immediately to Magdeburg University Hospital by helicopter.
He was pronounced dead after arrival.
Mohammad has since accused the daycare centre of negligence and expressed his desire for the workers to face the full punishment of the law.
“They must get what they deserve,” he told reporters, describing their actions as “completely irresponsible”.
Mourners left teddy bears, flowers and candles in front of the centre's gate to pay their tributes to the drowned boy.
An investigation into Adam's death is underway.
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