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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