Tragic toddler, 3, dies in 37C car after ‘dad had a drink with brother’

A THREE-year-old baby died after his father left him in a 37-degree car while out for a drink, reports suggest.

Sifeddin Malahaji, 34, was devastated to find his son unresponsive after returning from having tea with his brother on Monday.

Sifeddin Malahaji, 34, (center) was questioned by police after the fatal incident

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Sifeddin Malahaji, 34, (center) was questioned by police after the fatal incidentPhoto credit: Newsflash
Badr Alddin Malahafji, 3, died after being found unresponsive in his father's car on Monday

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Badr Alddin Malahafji, 3, died after being found unresponsive in his father’s car on MondayPhoto credit: Newsflash

Along with his wife Hiba Alheraki, 28, the family was traveling to Adana, Turkey for a wedding when the incident happened.

Little Badr Alddin Malahafji had fallen asleep in the car after deciding to take his father to visit his brother.

Sifeddin said he parked in the shade and left the window slightly open as he walked to his sibling’s, who was downtown on business.

“When I was about to leave the house, my son ran after me crying because he wanted to come with me,” he told authorities.

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“I parked in the shade and drove to my brother’s place of work. I just didn’t want to wake him up and left the windows a little open.”

Though he believed he had taken all necessary precautions, he returned thirty minutes later to find his son unresponsive.

Tragically, hospital doctors were unable to save the infant, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Forecasts of the day suggest the boy faced a scorching 37 degree heat after the sun wandered onto the car.

The effects of this are known to be potentially fatal.

“When I came back half an hour later, I saw that he was unconscious. We called the medics who went to the hospital, but he was already dead,” Sifeddin told police.

The distraught couple were later taken away to make a statement before returning home.

An autopsy was later performed on the young tot to confirm the cause of death.

Local media reports that Sifeddin burst into tears and collapsed to the ground when the boy’s body was finally handed over to the family.

The father said, devastated, “May God not let anyone experience this pain. It’s a very sad situation. The father goes to his brother. When he comes back half an hour or at most an hour later, he sees his son lying there motionless.”

“Something that can happen to anyone. The windows were open, they weren’t closed. But it happened because the weather was hot.”

DEADLY EFFECTS

The Sun previously revealed that leaving it in a scorching hot car can take less than half an hour to kick in.

Even if it’s a cloudy day, sweating and thirst can set in within 45 minutes.

Experiments show that even on a cooler summer’s day, temperatures inside a closed vehicle can quickly exceed 125°F (approx. 52°C) – just below the world record for the hottest temperature ever recorded of 56°C in California’s Death Valley.

Due to the greenhouse effect, the interior of a car can become 20 °C hotter than the outside temperature, even on cool and cloudy days.

Since the car becomes an oven, the longer you leave a child, the more they are at risk of serious health problems.

When you spend some time in high temperatures, your body’s thermoregulatory efficiency decreases while body temperature begins to rise.

The body is in a state of hyperthermia as it absorbs more heat than it gives off.

It is especially dangerous when the body temperature is higher than 40ºC (compared to the normal 36-37ºC).

Such a situation is medically known as heat sickness, which can cause heat stroke — dizziness, confusion, and seizures.

Statistics show that in the UK an average of 38 children die each year as a result of being left in a car.

Most are under two years old.

CCTV reportedly shows the black car in which the boy was roasted in 37 degree heat

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CCTV reportedly shows the black car in which the boy was roasted in 37 degree heatPhoto credit: Newsflash
Sifeddin reportedly burst into tears and fell to the ground when the boy's body was finally handed over to the family

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Sifeddin reportedly burst into tears and fell to the ground when the boy’s body was finally handed over to the familyPhoto credit: Newsflash

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