An eight-month-old girl has been found dead in a car that was stolen off the family’s driveway in Iran.
The baby, called Benita, was being taken out by her father last Thursday. When he stepped out from the driver’s seat to close his garage, thieves pounced and made off with the vehicle and its passenger.
• وَإِذَا الْمَوْءُودَةُ سُئِلَتْ بِأَيِّ ذَنْبٍ قُتِلَتْ و آن هنگام كه از دخترك زنده به گور مى پرسند به كدامين گناه كشته شد . نماد جاهليت ، زنده به گور كردن است ٠ حادثه ى اتفاق افتاده تلخ و شكننده و تكان دهنده است. تلخ است از هر سو كه آن را تصور كنيد. خدا دلهاى داغدار را از صبر و ايمان مالامال گرداند.
Despite a frantic search there was no trace of the car, a popular locally-built Seipa, until yesterday when police arrested two men who they said admitted dumping it on a street in eastern Tehran.
Officers discovered the car with Benita lifeless inside. An autopsy will confirm the cause of death, but with temperatures hovering around 40°, a child could not have survived more than a few hours in the unventilated vehicle.
Police said one of the suspects, both of whom are believed to have been drug addicts, had been released from prison only the week before.
The men told police they only realised the child was in the car as they were driving off and abandoned the vehicle soon after, taking whatever items of value they could find. Benita was alive when they left.
مادر بنیتا بعد از شنیدن خبر فوت دختر ۸ ماهه اش #اجتماعی #قضایی
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As the news broke, crowds gathered outside the family home and offered condolences. The family for the moment has not been named.
A funeral took place in Tehran yesterday, attended by hundreds of mourners.
Two grandchildren of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the modern Iranian state, as well as a former police chief, joined celebrities and thousands of wellwishers to express their support for Benita’s family on social media.