5-yr-old boy dies after being left unattended in school bus for hours

Kyodo -- Jul 30
A five-year-old boy died Thursday after being left behind in a school bus for hours on a hot summer day in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Fukuoka, police said.

Toma Kurakake was found unconscious in a school bus in the city of Nakama in the evening and later pronounced dead at a hospital, apparently due to dehydration, the police said.

When the boy did not come home on the bus as expected, his mother called the nursing school to report him missing. School staff found him collapsed inside a different bus, which had been used to pick children up in the morning and remained in the school's parking lot.

The bus driver was quoted by the police as saying, "I was aware of (the boy's) boarding, but thought he got off the bus," while admitting he did not confirm it at the time. - Kyodo

保育園の送迎バスに乗ったままとなっていた園児が死亡しました。  29日午後5時半頃、福岡県中間市の双葉保育園の駐車場に止まっていた送迎バスの中から、倉掛冬生くん(5)が意識不明の状態で見つかり、病院で死亡が確認されました。警察によりますと、中間市内の送迎場所に到着したバスから冬生くんが降りてこなかったため、母親が保育園に確認に行ったところ、バスの中にいる冬生くんが見つかったということです。  警察は、冬生くんの死因の特定を進めるとともに、いつから冬生くんがバスに乗りそのままになっていたかなどについて捜査しています。 - TBS NEWS