Toddler dies after dad leaves him alone in car

Swedish police said on Wednesday that a two-year-old boy who was found dead in a car in southern Sweden had been left alone there for eight hours, after his father forgot to drop him off at day care.

“The father has explained that he started thinking about whether he actually left his son at day care, and when he came back to the parking place, the boy was sitting there. He was sitting there for eight hours,” chief prosecutor Mats Svensson told the Expressen newspaper.

The boy was found on Tuesday in the small town of Eslöv in southern Sweden.

“It’s a young couple, a completely typical family, where the mother usually does the day-care drop-off. But on this day, the father did it. He’s not in the habit of doing it,” Svensson added.

Tuesday was spring’s hottest day so far, but forensics have not stated exactly how the boy died yet.

The boy’s father is suspected of aggravated manslaughter (grovt vållande till annans död). He was questioned on Tuesday but will not be called in for further questioning, said police, because he was too torn up about the incident.

“We are going to speak with the mother and day-care staff to find out what happened,” Stephan Söderholm of the Lund police told the TT news agency. He added that they would find out why there was no alert from day care when the boy did not show up.

“Normally, they call one of the parents, so we need to look at their routine and see if something didn’t work as it should.”

“This is incredibly tragic for everyone involved.”

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Who’s behind Lund’s spate of car burnings?

The university town of Lund has seen a spate of car burnings over the last ten days, and police are stumped as to the possible motive.

Who's behind Lund's spate of car burnings?
A burned out car in Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Patrik Isacsson, the local police chief, said that his city was home to few of the angry, marginalized youths associated with past spates of car burnings in troubled districts like Husby and Rinkeby in Stockholm. 
“We have none of that sort of social unrest,” he told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “The police have not antagonized any young guys who might want to then take revenge.” 
Lund has seen eight cars set on fire in the past ten days, with the most recent, an attack on a parked taxi on Norrängavägen in the east of the city, taking place early on Monday morning. 
Cars have been set alight across the city, often in locations close to the city centre. 
Isacsson said that the police were struggling to get a lead as none of the owners of the burned cars appeared to have any relation with one another. 
“We just don't know,” he admitted. 
“We are looking at youths in gangs, we're looking at pyromaniacs, we're checking out the people who like to stand and watch when they're burning, and we're looking at people who are mentally unwell and who want to get their frustration out through lighting fires.”
It was also possible that the burnings were part of an insurance fraud, Isacsson said, although he admitted this looked unlikely given the apparent lack of connection between the victims.