Police probe reenacts scene of death of child left in school bus

Police in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, are investigating last week's death of a 3-year-old girl from heatstroke when she was left in a school bus, by reenacting the scene.

The girl, who arrived at a nursery school in Makinohara City on board the bus on the morning of September 5, was left inside the bus for about five hours from around 9 a.m., with none of the school staff noticing the situation.

Police moved the impounded bus on Wednesday morning to the school's parking lot, where the incident occurred. They have been monitoring the temperature inside the bus since 9 a.m.

On the day of the incident, the mercury hit a high of 30.5 degrees Celsius in Makinohara. Investigators believe the girl is likely to have died before noon after being left in the bus for about three hours.

Meteorological Agency measurements show that by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, temperatures had risen as high as 29.6 degrees Celsius in the city.

Investigators will continue monitoring the temperature inside the bus into the afternoon.