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Austrian toddler dies after being left in a hot car

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The child was left in car in Nenzing in Vorarlberg. Photo: Welleschik
15:58 CEST+02:00
A 19-month-old boy died in Austria after being left in a hot car by his 17-year-old mother and her boyfriend, police said on Thursday.

Not wanting to wake him after a long car journey, the couple left the child asleep while they want upstairs for a nap in the western town of Nenzing.

Later the boyfriend rushed down to the car, which was in a secluded spot, and found the child's lifeless body, Vorarlberg state police said.

"An autopsy... in Innsbruck established the cause of death as heat stroke," a statement said.

The couple are receiving counselling.

Temperatures at the time were around C30 (86 Fahrenheit).

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