Two-year-old Yoav Speigelman of Yahud died R”L after his mother forgot him in the car for 40 minutes on erev Shabbos 10 Elul. Doctors in Tel Hashomer Hospital fought to resuscitate the young child but their efforts were unsuccessful. The levaya for the toddler was held on Sunday, 12 Elul.
A passerby saw an unconscious child in a parked vehicle on erev Shabbos. He smashed a window and called Magen David Adom. Dispatcher Sapir Teitelbaum instructed the passerby on CPR. The first paramedic to arrive on the scene, Dimitri Malchin, described seeing pedestrians performing CPR on a small child who was supine on the sidewalk. He and his team immediately took over and began advanced life support efforts to save the child. Dimitri commented the child was also very warm to the touch. The child was transported as lifesaving efforts continued. Two hours later the child was pronounced dead in the hospital.
Police launched an investigation and learned mom went shopping with the toddler forgotten in the vehicle as well as an older sister, six. After she unloaded the shopping from the trunk she forgot to address the toddler in the car. She remembered 40 minutes later but it was too late, the hot summer afternoon sun was too much for the child in the locked vehicle.
Friends of the family describe the mother and the family as “fine normative people” adding the event was simply a tragedy.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)