Three-year old girl died of suffocation in a locked van
A three-year old kindergarten girl died of suffocation and heat in a locked van at a housing estate in Bang Pu district of Samut Prakan Wednesday.
Bang Pu police said that the victim was among a total of 13 children picked up from the housing estate to be sent to a kindergarten school. However, the airconditioner of the van failed and a substitute van was sent to replace it.
All the children except one were transferred to the substitute van by the driver and the attendant without realizing that one was left abandoned on the back seat. The old van was then parked in the housing estate.
The driver and the attendant went back to the kindergarten school to pick up the children for home. But only 12 of them showed up so they phoned the parents of the missing kid to enquire whether they had already picked her up and the answer was no.
So they rushed back to the parked van and found the lifeless kid lying in the back seat apparently died of suffocation and heat.
Both the driver and the attendant are facing charge of manslaughter.