TSUKUBA, Ibaraki -- A 2-year-old girl died after her father possibly left her inside a car for several hours while working from home, police said.
The girl was found limp inside a vehicle by her 40-year-old father at a parking lot of a municipal elementary school in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, and was reported to police by a woman who was nearby at around 3:20 p.m. on June 17. The girl, who was in a state of cardiac arrest, was rushed to a hospital but was confirmed dead.
Tsukuba Police Station suspects that the man possibly left the girl inside the vehicle for several hours.
According to Ibaraki Prefectural Police, the man drove his 8-year-old eldest daughter to school at around 8 a.m. that day. The 2-year-old second daughter was also inside the vehicle.
The man subsequently returned home to work remotely, and later drove to the school again to pick up his eldest daughter. He then noticed that the 2-year-old was limp in a child seat in the back of the car.
The man's 42-year-old wife was out working at the time. The man lived with his wife and the two daughters.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the mercury in Tsukuba reached as high as 27.8 degrees Celsius shortly before noon that day.
(Japanese original by Kazuki Kawashima, Mito Bureau)