4-month-old found dead after being left alone at home

MERSIN: A 4-month-old girl was found dead in her crib on Monday night after her parents had allegedly left her home alone since that morning.

According to reports, the mother, Ilknur A., left home early in the morning to look for a job, leaving the baby, Damla, with her father, Yildirim A. He, however, also left home upon receiving a call from his workplace at around 10 a.m. He returned home at 6 p.m. and found his daughter dead in her crib.

The body of the baby was taken to Mersin University’s Teaching and Research Hospital for an autopsy while her parents were detained.

The incident is reminiscent of the tragic death of baby Berk, a 2-month-old who died after his mother went on vacation and left him alone in the Golcuk district of Kocaeli province in 2013.

Berk’s mother, a teacher identified as Secil M.D., found her baby dead at home after returning from a nine-day vacation for Eid al-Adha. She took the baby to Necati Çelik State Hospital after seeing that he wasn’t moving or breathing. The mother was detained by the police and then arrested by a court.