A teacher and driver at a private kindergarten in Yingde, Guangdong province have been detained following the death by suffocation of three year old on a school bus, Shanghai Daily reports.
Zhong Miaolin was left in the 14-seater mini van for about eight hours when the temperature in the city was 35 Celsius degrees on Wednesday, Nanfang Daily reported yesterday.
No one had noticed that she was missing that day. A teacher surnamed Li, who accompanied students on board, failed to count her twice when the van drove to pick up another batch of students. Also, Zhong’s class teacher surnamed Tang didn’t ask her parents about her absence.
Zhong was finally found in a coma at 3:40pm when the driver surnamed Deng was washing the van. An ambulance was called to the International Art Kindergarten but doctors failed to save her despite emergency treatment, the newspaper said.
Police said Zhong died of suffocation in the overheated vehicle. The kindergarten has been ordered to suspend operations by the local government.
“My daughter was lying on the floor of the kindergarten,” Zhong’s father told reporters. “Her hair was drenched and her nose was bleeding. I called her name for a long time but she never answered.”
Her parents only learned of the incident when a local TV station called to ask for comment.
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