Lebanon News

Infant suffocates to death after being left in car by his mother

The baby's car seat. (The Daily Star)

SIDON, Lebanon: A 1-year-old infant died in the southern city of Sidon Tuesday after his mother mistakenly left him in the car all day.

Farah Saad, a mother of two children who teaches at a school affiliated with the Al-Makassed Charitable Society in Sidon, normally drops off one child at his school before taking the infant, Nasser, to a nursery.

But Tuesday, after dropping off the first child, Saad forgot to take Nasser to the nursery and instead left him in his car seat in her vehicle, which was locked and parked in the school’s square.

Saad returned to the car at the end of the school day, only to collapse in shock at the sight of her motionless son in his car seat.

Hearing the mother’s screams, other teachers came out and rushed the baby to a nearby hospital in an unsuccessful attempt to save his life.

The baby’s father arrived at the hospital as teachers were trying to soothe the shocked mother.

Speaking to police investigators at the hospital, Saad said she thought she had dropped her son at the nursery that day.

Sidon’s coroner, Afif Khafaja, examined the dead boy’s body before presenting a report to the General Prosecution.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 02, 2014, on page 4.




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