'Forgotten' baby girl dies after being left in parked car by her dad for seven hours


A 10-month-old baby girl died on Wednesday after she was "forgotten" for seven hours in a parked car on a university campus near Lisbon, Portugal.

The baby's father, a lecturer and departmental head at a university in Almada, is believed to have forgotten to drop her off at the university's creche before going straight to his office — leaving her in the parked car at 8am, reported local media.

Investigators are working on the theory that the baby, named Madalena, was asleep while temperatures outside reached 26C with the inside of the car likely soaring to more than 50C.

By 3.30pm, more than seven hours later, the head of the lecturer returned to his car to find his daughter unconscious in the back seat.

The horrified dad called for emergency services but efforts to save her failed and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The unnamed father is said to have parked the family SEAT Ateca car by the campus creche around 8am on Tuesday before going to work at his office in the Nova School of Science and Technology, a faculty of the NOVA University Lisbon located at the Caparica Campus in Almada a half-hour drive south of the Portuguese capital.

The girl’s parents, including her mother who reportedly reached the scene around the time emergency responders arrived, have been offered psychological support.

Autopsy results are yet to be released and are not expected to be made public.

The Policia Judiciaria police force in the city of Setubal near Almada is conducting an ongoing investigation.

Prosecutors announced yesterday (September 13) that a formal investigation had been launched.

It follows a similar incident in July when a three-year-old boy died in the municipality of O Porrino, near Pontevedra in Spain's north-west Galician region.

The boy's mum "forgot" he was in the back seat and left him unattended for seven hours in 80C heat to go to work.

The youngster is said to have been alone in the vehicle for six hours before anyone realised.

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