Baby left in sweltering car in France dies

A year-old baby left by his mother in a car on a blazing summer day in southern France has died.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 19, 2014, 07:35 AM IST

Avignon: A year-old baby left by his mother in a car on a blazing summer day in southern France has died.

Medical services failed to revive the infant, who had been left unattended for at least an hour in the heat in Courthezon, near Avignon yesterday, where temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius, local officials said.

The mother had picked up the child from his babysitter, then returned to the house later to chat with her, leaving the infant in the car, public prosecutor Bernard Marchal said.

"Based on the information, this is at the very least a case of gross negligence by the mother for having left her child in the direct sunlight" in a car, he said.

The mother, 31, has been hospitalised on doctor`s orders and an inquiry into involuntary manslaughter has been opened.