Toddler dies after father ‘forgets’ her in locked car and catches train to work

A tragic oversight by a distracted father has resulted in the death of a 21-month-old girl in the Sanchinaro district of Madrid.

Toddler dies after father 'forgets' her in locked car and catches train to work
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According to reports, it was the father’s turn to do the school run, which involved taking his three older children to school before dropping off the youngest daughter at nursery, parking and catching the train to work.

But when the child’s mother arrived at nursery at 3.30pm to collect her youngest daughter, she was told that she had not been dropped off that morning.

The mother made a panicked call to the father and the horrible truth emerged. He had left the child locked in the car all day after parking outside the nursery and catching the tram to work in nearby Las Tablas.

The mother rushed from the nursery to locate the car, a Hyundai Santa Fe, where she discovered her daughter unconscious inside.

Emergency services were called but despite great efforts – and attempts to resuscitate lasting 45 minutes – the child was declared dead at the scene.

Police confirmed that a 43-year-old Spaniard had been detained and questioned over the incident but later released.

A judge will decide whether he should face charges of “reckless homicide”.

A local at the scene said that the car had tinted windows which “prevented passers-by from seeing in and raising the alarm”.

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What names do foreign nationals give their babies in Switzerland?

Each year for more than three decades, the Federal Statistical Office has been publishing the first names of infants born in Switzerland the previous year. It seems that foreigners favour names that are typical of their national background.

What names do foreign nationals give their babies in Switzerland?
Foreigners give their babies names that reflect their nationality. Photo by Keira Burton from Pexels

As The Local reported on Wednesday, the most popular names for newborn girls born in Switzerland in 2020 were Mia, Emma, and Mila.

For boys, Noah took the top spot, ahead of Liam and Matteo.

REVEALED: The most popular baby name in each Swiss canton

But what about the most popular names among various nationalities living in Switzerland?

The answers come from the same study.


The top name for boys of Italian parents is Giuseppe, followed by Antonio and Francesco. For girls, Maria is in the first place, Anna in the second, and Francesca in the third.


There are many Portuguese immigrants living in Switzerland and, like their Italian counterparts, they like to give their children traditional names: José, Carlos and Manuel for boys, and Maria, Ana, and Sandra for girls.


Spanish names are similar to those of Portuguese babies.

José, Juan and Jose are most popular boy names, while Maria, Ana and Laura are in the top three spots for the girls.


Most boys of Turkish descent are named Mehmet, Ali, and Mustafa. Among girls, Fatma, Ayse, and Elif dominate.


Arben, Vallon, and Bekim are top names for boys, and Fatime, Shquipe, and Merite for girls.


Bekim is in the first place for boys, followed by Muhamed and Fatmir. Among girls, Fatimr is in the lead, Sara in the second place, and Emine in the third.


Aleksandar, Dragan and Nicola take the first three spots. For the girls, Jelena, Maria and Snezana are at the top.

Can you give your baby any name you want?

Not in Switzerland, you can’t. It’s important to keep in mind that the cantonal registry offices, where new births must be announced, don’t have to accept very unusual names.

Several years ago, for instance, a Zurich court ruled that parents can’t name their infant daughter ‘J’.

In another case, a couple in the canton of Bern were ordered to change the name of their newborn son because their choice – Jessico – was considered too feminine. 

Several names have been forbidden in Switzerland, including Judas, Chanel, Paris and Mercedes.