3-year-old Girl Freezes To Death After Nursery Staff Forget To Bring Her Inside
The body of Zakhra Rzayeva was discovered behind a pile of snow
A 3-year-old girl has frozen to death in Russia after Nursery staff school staff forgot to bring her inside after playtime according to reports.
The body of Zakhra Rzayeva was discovered behind a pile of snow at the Moscow kindergarten were temperatures had plummeted to below -5C.
A source at the kindergarten declined to comment, but it is still unclear whether nursery staff had been following the strict health and safety rules to avoid such tragedies.
Russia's Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, was forced to shut down schools due to the freezing temperatures.
The Mirror reports: “Kindergarten teachers forgot a three-year-old girl outdoors after a walk,” reported Mash news outlet citing sources in the nursery school, known as Kindergarten number 2120.
“They remembered about her only two hours later.”
An investigation has been launched into the girl’s tragic death involving Russia’s Investigative Committee, which deals with serious crimes.
Teachers and staff are being interrogated but the child’s parents Rizvan Rzayev and Gulnara Shakhadat were too distressed to speak.
Ramil Gadzhiyev, a friend of the family, said: “God forbid that any parents have to go through this.”
He said teachers had denied to him the child was outside alone for too long, adding that 11 am was outside playtime.
“At noon they have lunch,” he said. “They noticed the child lying on the ground.
“That's what I heard when I asked them - but I don't know what really happened.
“Detective work will establish that.”
A source at the kindergarten declined to go into details but said the child was found lying in the snow and staff had tried unsuccessfully to revive her.