2-year-old Toddler Suffocates in Impounded Car at Hoima Police Yard

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A two and a half year old baby boy was found dead on Friday evening in one of the impounded cars at Hoima police barracks parking yard.

A two and a half year old baby boy was found dead on Friday evening in one of the impounded cars at Hoima police barracks parking yard.
 
Kelvin Amanya, the son of Merriam Asaba, a tailor and resident of Bujumbura East in Hoima municipality was found dead at around 5:00pm in a saloon car registration number UAH 209U.
 
The distraught mother said that she last saw her son on Friday morning as he left her at her tailoring machine to go and play with his friends. Asaba operates a tailoring business behind the police barracks.
 
Asaba said she became concerned when her son who had left her at 9:00am did not show up to have lunch.
 
This prompted her to put out an announcement and report the matter to police as a frantic search for him began.
 
Godson Nimanya, the Hoima police station O/C crime, said Amanya's body was discovered by a detective who was returning from his beat at around 5:00pm.
 
The detective's curiosity was peaked by a group of young children crowded around an impounded car. When the detective approached them, they ran away.
 
He found Amanya dead in the front seat at the steering wheel with blood flowing from his ears, nose, and mouth. The vehicle's doors were locked.

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  Nimanya regretted the death. He said it was possible Amanya's playmates accidently locked him in the car and failed to open the car doors.
 
Lydia Tumushabe, the Albertine Police publicist, said a post-mortem was carried out and a report will soon be issued.
 
Tumushabe also said investigations were on-going to discover and punish the officers responsible for leaving the impounded vehicles doors unlocked.
 
The body of the deceased was handed over to relatives for burial.
 
Over ten vehicles are lying idle at Hoima police barracks parking yard after they were impounded by traffic police for breach of traffic rules.