The baby's father, who is suspected of leaving his baby in the car, was taken in for questioning.
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According to suspicion, the father dropped off his two older children, six-year-old twins, and drove back home. He then parked the car near the family residence and drove away in his motorcycle, leaving the baby in the car. According to police, the baby was in the car from 9 am to 4 pm.
Father detained (Photo: Yuval Chen)
When the baby's mother arrived at the daycare center where the baby was supposed to spend the day, she was told the baby had never made it to the center. She called the baby's father, who rushed to the car, realizing what had happened, but when he got to the car the baby was already unconscious.
"He cried out, 'This is my worst nightmare'; he was devastated," said the owner of a nearby kiosk.
According to Magen David Adom Spokesman Zachy Heller, "At 4 pm we received a call about a nine-month-old baby found in a car, after probably staying there for a few hours.
"Paramedics rushed to the scene and when they arrived they noticed the baby unconscious at the back seat of the car. While performing CPR, they evacuated her to the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, where efforts to save her life continued, but she was eventually pronounced dead," Heller said.
A neighbor of the family said: "This is traumatic… my stomach is turning. If it happened to him it can happen to anybody."
According to friend of the family: "This is a very nice family, and he is a devoted father. He has always taken part in taking the kids to daycare. He was thrilled when the baby was born. It's not his fault."
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