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Toddler ‘left in hot car’ died of asphyxiation — autopsy

By Rana Husseini - Aug 11,2016 - Last updated at Aug 11,2016

AMMAN — An autopsy on Thursday revealed a toddler died of asphyxiation, after he was allegedly left in a vehicle during hot weather a day earlier, a medical official said. 

“A team of government pathologists from Madaba National Institute of Forensic Medicine headed by pathologist Saif Hamarneh, performed the autopsy on the child and sent blood and tissue samples to the crime lab for further analysis,” a senior medical source said.

“The pathologists did not detect any bruises on the child’s body,” the source told The Jordan Times, adding that the lab results were expected within three weeks. 

The boy was rushed to Al Nadim Hospital in Madaba on Wednesday by his parents but was declared dead on arrival, hospital director, Wisam Karadsheh, told The Jordan Times. 

“The boy’s body was blue and we tried to resuscitate him but to no avail,” Karadsheh said. 

A second source at the hospital said the victim’s father had informed hospital officials that “his son was left in the vehicle in the heat for over an hour”.

The father visited the forensic medicine institute on Thursday and formally identified his son, the medical source added.


Public Security Department Spokesperson Lt. Col. Amer Sartawi told The Jordan Times that the family considers the incident an accident, noting that the case was referred to the prosecutor for further investigation.

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