A 2-year-old girl died in Slovakia on July 22 after her father left her in a hot car for more than six hours after he reportedly thought he had dropped her off at day care.
Joseph Kurak drove his 2-year-old daughter, Kristina, to her day care in western Slovokia that morning and thought he had dropped her off, according to the Mirror.
When he came back to his vehicle to go pick his daughter up, he discovered her body still in her car seat.
A witness, Maria Zajacova, reported the issue to law enforcement officials after she saw the father’s reaction to the incident.
“It was about half past two when I heard someone outside shouting, ‘I killed her, I killed her,’” Zajacova told local media. “I ran there and saw a man running around the car in desperation at what had happened. I do not understand how such a thing could happen.”
Temperatures soared into the high 90s the day Kristina died.
Medical personnel on the scene discovered burn marks and blisters on her skin. She appeared to have suffocated to death and paramedics were unable to revive her.
She was left in the vehicle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the Mirror.
The child’s mother soon arrived on the scene. She was too upset to speak to reporters.
The father was eventually sedated. He faces charges of child abandonment.
According to KidsAndCars.org, an average of 38 children die each day in the U.S. due to heatstroke from being trapped in a car.
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