A four-year-old girl was roasted alive in a hot car after her parents left her locked inside for hours while they attended a family funeral.
The child – named only as Sadia in local media in her hometown of Ramhormoz, Iran – had arrived for the service with her parents.
But when they arrived, Sadia was left sleeping in the parked car while they went to the ceremony as temperatures outside soared to 49°C.
Temperatures inside the car hit a shocking high of 76 degrees, high enough to cook meat. June is known as the hottest month of the year in Iran.
By the time her parents arrived back at the car, Sadia was already unconscious. Medics confirmed the little girl had died from heat stroke and suffocation.
The head of Ramhormoz's forensics department Dr Gholamreza Haidarnejad confirmed the details surrounding the tragic case.
"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.
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.
Boy, 5, dies in hot car after being left alone for hours
Sadia's death comes after a five-year-old boy died in after his mother allegedly left him in a hot car for up to three hours in Harris County, Texas.
The mum was reportedly rushing to prepare a birthday party for her daughter and believed the boy was able to unbuckle his seatbelt and exit the car on his own.
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