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UAE: Sleeping child forgotten in bus dies of suffocation

The bus in which the boy was forgotten while he slept.
The bus in which the boy was forgotten while he slept.

Ajman - He was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition but could not be saved.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 3:06 AM

A child has died of suffocation after being left behind unattended in a bus in Ajman.

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According to Ajman Police, the child, who was three years and eight months old, had fallen asleep inside the bus and was all alone for at least four hours.

Brigadier Abdullah Saif Al Matrooshi, Director-General of Police Operations at Ajman Police, told Khaleej Times that a report was received from Amina Hospital on Monday (July 12) evening, which stated that a boy of Arab origin was brought to the facility in a critical condition and succumbed to asphyxiation.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the supervisor of the bus was guilty of negligence as he had failed to notice that the boy had fallen asleep inside the vehicle and only realised that he was missing around noon during lunch time.

The bus belonged to a talent development centre, the police added.

Though the boy was found inside the bus and rushed to the hospital for immediate medical assistance, he could not be saved, the police added.

The police also found that the talent development centre's commercial licence had expired a year ago.

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