Six-year-old in coma after being left in school pickup

Breaking News August 01, 2017 19:59

By Samrit Chiamcharoenpornkul
The Nation

A six-year-old boy has fallen into a coma after being left behind in a locked school pickup truck for several hours on Monday in Ayutthaya.

The youngster is now on a respirator, but showing no response to stimuli. 

The pickup driver, 57-year-old Boonlert Wattakee, surrendered to police on Tuesday. 

“I am so sorry for what happened. I will take responsibility and I will get ordained to dedicate merit to the boy,” he said. 

Chang Yai police station superintendent Pol Colonel Satit Sangprapai charged Boonlert with recklessness causing serious injury to a person and illegally operating a transport service. 

Boonlert is not the first driver of a school vehicle to have forgotten about a child and left them behind in a locked car, exposing them to critical or fatal injuries.

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