UAE | Emergencies

Three-year-old suffocates after family leave him in car for three hours

Boy dies on way to hospital after being left on back seat of car parked in Ras Al Khaimah garage

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 23:06 June 7, 2013

Ras Al Khaimah: A three-year-old Yemeni boy died on Friday evening after his family forgot him in their car for almost three hours.

The incident happened in front of the child’s house in the Adhan area of Ras Al Khaimah.

The child was transfered to Al Dhaid hospital, but was pronounced dead on the way.

Captain Khalid Al Naqabi, head of the media section of Ras Al Khaimah Police, told Gulf News police were alerted to the incident at 5pm.

The family went out in the car and returned at 2pm. The father and the rest of the family got out of the car after parking it in the garage, forgetting the child in the back seat.

Three hours after returning home the family realised the child was missing, A frantic search ensued that ended with the child being discovered lying motionless in the car.

The child was in critical condition and taken immediately to Al Dhaid hospital for treatment, but he died before reaching the hospital .

An official at Al Dhaid hospital told Gulf News the child, identified as B.E.A., died of suffocation.

“The child suffocated due to the high temperature inside and outside the car,” the official said.

Police have ruled out any foul play in the incident.

Comments (21)

  1. Added 16:09 June 8, 2013

    must jail his parents, it is a crime against their child.

    Salim, Dubai, Lebanon

  2. Added 15:45 June 8, 2013

    Last month I forgot my 3 month old son and left the car in valet parking, realized just 5 minutes later and rushed back fortunately the car park attendant heard him cry and tried to locate me by the time I was at front office rushing to pick him. I was scared when my wife asked me why the delay at first gave an excuse but before we went to bed I informed her about my mistake since, then my kids & wife remind each other before we leave the car in parking. I wish and pray to Almighty that this should never happen to anyone.

    Ebrahim Al Mulla, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:45 June 8, 2013

    I can't believe this thing could happen for the reason stated! Being a parent myself, I can't imagine forgetting my son alone for a minute. May the boy's soul rest in peace.

    Reynald, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:48 June 8, 2013

    how is that possible? i may understand that the kid was left in the car, but not forgotten for three hours. has no one thought of the kid on his whereabouts in the first 10 or 20 minutes after getting out of the car? something is really wrong. i hope it won't happen again. may the kid's soul rest in peace.

    ryan paul, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:34 June 8, 2013

    They must be procesuted, I cannot imagine the little angel fighting his life inside the car just to survive, but 3hrs is too much difficult for him to survive. It is very painful to us (parents). Lord bless this little angel may he be in your hands.

    tesa dadia, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:03 June 8, 2013

    Dear B E A I hope your soul rest in Peace. The Almighty gives the strength to family to overcome the greatest loss of their life. Even after many such casualties in past, people still don't take actual care of children in car. Many times small children are seen sitting on the front seat with driver parents. I think the efforts that the UAE Police are putting to erase such incidents aren't read and understood by people still. Seems more socialize efforts has to be brought into to bring people's attention. Best of Luck to the UAE police. R I P BEA.

    Deepak Shah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:55 June 8, 2013

    Modern life, or life in the 21st century, makes it a bit too hard to raise many children at once, giving rise to smaller families. I mean, a scenario like this couldn't happen without cars, garages, swimming pools, hectic schedules, distracting smartphones and tablets and, arguably, poor education. That is, some people are simply ill-equipped for today's life. That being said, three hours without checking on your 3-year-old kid is way too long by any standard.

    Ali AlKaff, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:44 June 8, 2013

    Sad, i wonder how come someone didn't even bother about the baby for three hours.

    Harries, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:28 June 8, 2013

    I cannot believe that parents have not checked the whereabouts of their kid for 3 hours. Some discipline in life will help resolve these things such as give the kids a wash immediately after coming back from a trip. This will ensure the kids are safe and also free from any germs they might have picked up along the trip. These days families are spoilt with Nanny's bringing up the children. This could have been avoided if parents took full responsibility.

    Adrian, Adelaide, Australia

  10. Added 13:20 June 8, 2013

    What is tragic accident, Same thing happened in sharjah last year. So Sad.

    Tajammul Hussain, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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