Boy, 5, tragically dies after dad leaves him in hot car

A five-year-old boy has tragically died after his dad accidentally left him locked inside his car in hot weather while he went to work.

The incident took place in the Croatian city of Knin on Tuesday.

The man, his wife and their five-year-old son left home by car in the morning (local time).

The father, who is a soldier, dropped his wife off at work.

Pictured is a five-year-old boy, whose face is blurred, who died after he was accidentally left in a hot car by his dad.
A five-year-old boy has died after his dad accidentally left him in a hot car. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Police believe he then forgot to drop off his son, who was sleeping in the back seat, at school.

The man then parked the car on a street, locked the vehicle and went to the barracks.

Temperatures reached about 28C in the shade during the day.

It is not known if the boy woke up and shouted for help or if he passed out in his sleep.

But works were going on near the car park and his possible cries may have gone unheard.

The car also had tinted windows, so it is possible that passers-by would not have noticed him.

A BMW at the scene of a hot car death in Croatia.
The BMW at the scene where a boy's body was found. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

The boy's absence was noticed when his mother went to pick him up from school about 3pm.

She called her husband who was convinced he had dropped his son off at school that morning.

But when he returned to the car to check, he found his son passed out inside.

He tried to revive the child but was unsuccessful, and he eventually passed out himself from shock.

The emergency services arrived on the scene about 4pm and confirmed the boy's death.

A criminal case has been opened and the father is under investigation.

– Australscope

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