Father cleared after 'forgetting' son in car

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The two-year-old boy died in Piacenza, northern Italy. Image: Google Maps
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A father in Piacenza, northern Italy, who last summer forgot his two-year-old son in the back of his boiling hot car resulting in the toddler’s death, was cleared of manslaughter on Thursday.

Andrea Albanese, was “completely bereft of all reasoning and volition” because of “dissociative amnesia”, psychiatrist Corrado Cappa told a court on Friday, according to La Repubblica.

On June 4th 2013, Andrea Albanese, now 40, was supposed to drop his two-year-old son Luca off at his nursery at 8am on his way to work in the outskirts of the town.

However, he forgot that his son was still in the back of the car.

It was only after the nursery alerted the toddler’s grandparents of his absence that afternoon that the alarm was raised, reported La Stampa newspaper last year.

But by the time Albanese had returned to his car it was too late. Paramedics were called to the scene but were unable to revive the toddler, who is believed to have died around midday that day.

Two weeks after the death while he was recovering from shock in hospital, the grief-stricken father started a Facebook group called ‘Mai più morti come Luca!’ (No more deaths like Luca’s!) as part of a campaign to equip cars with anti-abandonment alarms to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

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And recently Albanese and his wife donated a defibrillator to their town which they dedicated to their son.

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