A four-year-old girl died in a boiling car while her parents spent hours at a family funeral.
The child was left in a car hot enough to roast a chicken while his mother and father attended the service, local media reports.
The girl, identified only as Sadia, was locked in the car and ended up succumbing to heat stress and lack of oxygen, according to doctors.
She arrived for duty with her parents in Ramhormoz, Iran, but left after they realized she was asleep.
According to local media, they “forgot” her due to the stress of an aunt’s funeral.
Sadia died when temperatures rose to 49°C outside, which would have made the inside of the car 76°C – enough to roast a chicken, it was claimed.
When her parents finally returned, they found their daughter unconscious in the backseat and called an ambulance.
Doctors were able to confirm that the little one died of heat stroke and asphyxiation.
The head of Ramhormoz’s forensics department, Dr. Gholamreza Haidarnejad said: “A young couple left their four-year-old son sleeping in a car when they went to mourn the girl’s aunt.
“The parents who decided not to wake the child forgot about it because of the anguish during the funeral.
“The child was left in the car for several hours in hot, sunny weather and the car doors were locked.”
He confirmed that Sadia died from stress, heat intensity and lack of oxygen.
The couple is now receiving counseling and an investigation has been launched into the tragedy by local police.
This comes after Justin Ross Harris was convicted in 2016 of the murder of his 22-month-old son Cooper in the US after he was left alone for seven hours while his father worked having sex with women.
Prosecutors claimed he planned the death to give him freedom to explore his sexual fantasies with prostitutes.
Cooper passed away on June 18, 2014, after spending approximately seven hours alone in a car seat, with Harris claiming he had forgotten to drop his son off at daycare.