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No prison for leaving toddler to die in a car

Published tisdag 16 juli 2013 kl 09.07

A man who forgot his two-year-old child in a car while he was at work, causing the boy's death, has received a probationay sentence for manslaughter and will not spend time in prison or pay any fines.

"If all those involved agree who is to blame, then this route can be chosen, because it costs significantly less, and you do not have to involve a court. To put it simply, the probationary sentence works like a warning," prosecutor Mats Svensson told news agency TT.

The tragic incident happened on a warm day in May. The father, who is under 30 years old, parked his car in Eslöv, southern Sweden and forgot to take his two-year-old son with him, leaving the child in his child car seat at around 06:30 AM. He returned at around 2:00 PM, and found his child still strapped to the car seat.

The father called the police. News agency TT reports that the officer who arrived on the scene tried to save the toddler's life, but the child's skin was blue, and he did not respond when spoken to.

The man was supposed to drop the child off at preschool. But instead, he parked his car in the parking lot in Eslöv, changed to his work car and drove off, forgetting the child in the back seat.

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