Mother seeks damages after death of baby girl left in hot car by grandfather in Spain

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TRAGEDY: Baby girl died after being left in a car for eight hours. CREDIT: Policia nacional

THE mother of a baby girl who died of heatstroke after she was left in a car in Manacor, is seeking damages from the child’s grandfather, who had forgotten she was in the back of the vehicle.

The 10-month-old had been left in the car for eight hours in 30C heat on August 10, and it was only when her mother went to pick her up from nursery that she realised her daughter had never been dropped off.

The child’s grandfather, 56, told police he forgot she was in the back of his car when he went for a coffee at 7am, and only discovered his mistake when he returned at 3pm.

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A court in Manacor heard last Wednesday that the mother is seeking damages, while the father does not wish to press charges.

The grandfather, who gave statements to the court has been placed under investigation for reckless homicide.

According to Spanish press, a medical report has established that the 56-year-old has no mental health complaint that could have caused him to forget.

Instead, it was deemed an act of tragic carelessness.

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