Policeman forgets little daughter in car: she dies © Facebook Attilio Carbone
A carabiniere has forgotten his 14-month-old daughter in the car that was parked in the summer heat. After seven hours, the mother found little Stella dead in the car seat.
Rome – Little Stella's father was supposed to take the toddler to a daycare center on his way to work on the morning of June 7. The daycare center is run by the Ministry of Defense, which operates a large barracks in the Cecchignola district. The father is a carabiniere and works there, according to the newspaper Quotidiano Nazionale. The carabinieri are subordinate to the Ministry of Defense, but perform police duties.
Drama about dead child in Italy: The red Renault Mégane stood in the blazing sun
But instead of dropping off little Stalla at the daycare center before starting work, the father forgot the toddler in the car, where he was left helpless in his child seat! The thermometer rose to 26 degrees that day, the car was in the blazing sun. The red Renault Mégane is likely to have heated up to over 50 degrees inside. Little Stella was exposed to this heat without protection, without having anything to drink.
It was in this red car that the girl © Maria Pelliccia died Facebook
When the mother wanted to pick up her daughter at the daycare center after seven hours, she was told that the little one had never been dropped off there. She immediately ran to the car, spotted the lifeless Stella there and began to scream. A passer-by then called for help: "Run, run, there's a little girl who isn't breathing. The windows are closed, they've forgotten about them." A carabiniere smashed the windows, tried to ventilate the girl, called the emergency services, but even they could not help the child. The girl had died of heat stroke and dehydration.
Child forgotten in the car for seven hours – the mother screamed: "What did you do?"
"What did you do?" the mother screamed desperately into the phone when she called her husband. The husband was in shock. He later told investigators that he was sure he had dropped the child off at kindergarten before going to the office. Now he is being investigated for "abandonment of a minor".
International experts call what happened near Rome the "Forgotten Baby Syndrome" (FSB). Since 1998, it has led to the deaths of eleven children in Italy alone. The first case was documented in July 1998 in Catania, Sicily, when two-year-old Andrea was left in the car. In the U.S., more than 1990,1000 children have died from heat stroke in hot cars since <>.
Forgotten Baby Syndrome: Already 25 deaths in Italy - over 1000 in the USA
The US journalist Gene Weingarten explains the increasing number of FSB cases by the fact that child seats can no longer be installed in the front seat, in the back seat they would be much easier to overlook – especially if the car is locked with a remote control. In routine situations such as driving a car, the brain switches to autopilot. Stress exacerbates the situation.
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In November 2019, the Italian government passed a law obliging parents to install devices in child seats that sounded the alarm if the child was left alone. For example, there are seat cushions that are connected to the mobile phone via Bluetooth and report when contact is lost.