While we all know that we should never leave our kids unattended, exhaustion or lack of sleep can sometimes get the better of us. There are still parents who leave their kids in their cars when running quick errands, making sure they crack a window open so that their child can breathe. However, an incident in Malaysia shocked many when a 32-year-old mother accidentally forgot that she left her 2-year-old toddler inside the car, causing the child to pass away due to heatstroke.
The little girl, identified as Nur Awfa Humaisha Muhammad Ali Riduan, was left by her mother inside the car for four hours. Her mother, Hasmah Masroh, was a college lecturer. Masroh only realized she left her daughter behind at around 1 p.m., after which she immediately rushed to the vehicle to retrieve her child.
Unfortunately, Port Dickson District Police Chief Superintendent Zainudin Ahmad said Awfa was already unconscious by the time her mother got to her.
Masroh immediately brought her daughter to the Port Dickinson clinic, but the latter passed away shortly after.
Apparently, it was Masroh’s routine to drive her eldest child to school before bringing Awfa to a babysitter. She would then go to work after dropping off her two kids. However, on that particular day, Masroh seemed stressed with work, which was probably why she forgot that she left Awfa inside the car.
Read some netizens’ mixed reactions to this tragic tale below.
No official charges under Section 31 of the Child Act 2011 for child abuse in Malaysia have been filed against Masroh as of writing.
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